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The risk of inaction is that we could now trigger a runaway global warming process, making most other species on Earth— and even ourselves— extinct. The scientific facts, alternative energy technologies, mass communication, and international bodies needed to avoid climate breakdown are in our hands. The Dalai Lama states: In one sense the methods of science and Buddhism are different: scientific investigation proceeds by experiment, using instruments that analyze external phenomena, whereas contemplative investigation proceeds by the development of refined attention, which is then used in the introspective 36 + A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency examination of inner experience.
Frames” are mental structures that allow us to under stand or create what we take to be reality. Frames can inform genuine communication, or deliberately confuse collective understanding. For example, the terms climate change, global warming, climate chaos, climate destruction, or climate emer gency have different influences on the way we understand this process and its causes. O ur mainstream media are contaminated by special interest P R campaigns that reinforce the delusion that fossil fuels remain safe and sustainable.
Today, all over the world, including Tibet, ecological degradation is fast overtaking us. I am wholly convinced that, if all of us do not make a concerted effort with a sense of universal responsibility, we will see the progressive breakdown of the fragile ecosystems that support us, resulting in an irreversible and irrevocable degradation o f our planet Earth. The following stanzas, originally composed in November 1989, underline my deep concern, and call upon all concerned people to make continued efforts to reverse and remedy the degrada tion of our environment.
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency by John Stanley, Visit Amazon's David R. Loy Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, David R. Loy, , Gyurme Dorje