Can we Stop Global warming ?

posted on 23 Dec 2007 15:15 by dzibeads in Dharma
Today, we are facing the most significant challenge for the future of Planet Earth and the survival of many species including ourselves.

During surfing net I stop at web site talking about Global Warming and a Sustainable Planet talking About Global warming and cause of global warming compare with Buddhism's four Nobel truths.

The Four Noble Truths centres around suffering, which is caused by our desires, ignorance and Anger (see Picture from Wheel of life). In our consumer societies, we can become overwhelmed by all forms of encouragement to acquire well beyond our needs. And it is this consumerism, our desire for an excessively affluent way of living, which now threatens our home, our world.

Our economy in many countries is based on promoting affluence as a virtue. The Buddhist path is one of choosing the middle way, where we consume only what we really need, where we choose products mindfully and with consideration of their impact on others and the planet.

The Buddha taught the middle way and the Eightfold Path which offers guidelines for our journey to a more sustainable way of living.

  

Right Understanding

How do we become more aware, how do we learn about the climate changes that are happening and the implications for us all? (Hint - Read Al Gore’s book or see the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”)

Right Intent

Do we want to be part of the problem or part of the solution? What is our intention?

Right Action

We all have a part to play in this challenge, what is yours? How can we make a difference?

Right Effort

What is the most positive action, in every day and in our community? How can we engage others so that the effort becomes more effective?

Right Speech

How do we inform and engage others in a way that moves forward and builds bridges from past habits to a new model for sustainable business practices and sustainable consumerism?

Right Livelihood

Is the type of study, work, or home duties that we currently undertake consistent with a future which must generate a cleaner environment and depend more on green energy?

Right Mindfulness

How do we remain calm, caring and mindful of others and of all life on this planet, even those who are not yet on the same path to a sustainable future?

Right Concentration

What is the best way to reach our inner stillness and use this to focus our hearts and minds so that we can be most effective in addressing global warming and its implications?

The Buddha also taught dependant origination, and that every thought, every action has a consequence. What we do today will create our global future - each thought, each action, however small, has a major impact. It is just up to us to choose our thoughts and actions.

So if we follow just these simple rules we can be a part of stop Global warming campaign.

 Some Facts About Global warming Earth is already showing many signs of worldwide climate change.

• Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

• The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century's last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies. And the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.

• The Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.

• Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.

• Glaciers and mountain snows are rapidly melting—for example, Montana's Glacier National Park now has only 27 glaciers, versus 150 in 1910. In the Northern Hemisphere, thaws also come a week earlier in spring and freezes begin a week later.

• Coral reefs, which are highly sensitive to small changes in water temperature, suffered the worst bleaching—or die-off in response to stress—ever recorded in 1998, with some areas seeing bleach rates of 70 percent. Experts expect these sorts of events to increase in frequency and intensity in the next 50 years as sea temperatures rise.

• An upsurge in the amount of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, heat waves, and strong tropical storms, is also attributed in part to climate change by some experts.

Source of This Story

Global Warming and a Sustainable Planet

Global Warming Fast Facts National Geographic news

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