UPDATING OUR MISSION —We are currently in the process of re-purposing the Buddhist Working Group created to publicize and recruit for the People’s Climate March and that is responsible for this site. Current thinking is to transition the Working Group to an intra-sangha collective that would alert, inform and help mobilize the NYC-area Buddhist community to next-step actions and ongoing activities addressing climate change and climate justice. This website and its associated blog is going to be maintained for the foreseeable future. It is now an established mechanism which can be linked to all kinds of existing information and mobilizing sources—The Buddhist Council of NY, One Earth Sangha, Dharma Teachers International Collaborative, Zen Center of NY’s Earth Initiative, The Grassroots Alliance, etc. etc.
UPCOMING EVENT: Earth Initiative Meeting at Zen Center of NYC on Nov. 16 at 1 pm — see UPCOMING EVENTS for details.

Please STAY TUNED as we take the next steps in developing the Buddhist Working Group for Climate Action. To follow our blog, click here.

From The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change: “Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale… We have a brief window of opportunity to take action, to preserve humanity from imminent disaster and to assist the survival of the many diverse and beautiful forms of life on Earth. Future generations, and the other species that share the biosphere with us, have no voice to ask for our compassion, wisdom, and leadership. We must listen to their silence. We must be their voice, too, and act on their behalf.” — The Time to Act is Now was composed as a pan-Buddhist statement by Zen teacher Dr. David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with scientific input from Dr John Stanley in 2009.

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Stay Active — Rally for a Global Climate Treaty on Dec 10

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47 St and 1st AvenueBring candles or flashlight and dress warmly.Climate change is the greatest threat to basic human rights: food security, access to water, employment, housing, public health and the right to live in dignity.On Wednesday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, New Yorkers will gather to demand that world (More...)

New Buddhist Leader Statement and Partnering Organizations

Ven. Ashin Nayaka, Executive Director of Buddhist Missionary Society (Burmese Buddhist Community): I am joining the People’s Climate March in order to increase global awareness of the environmental challenges we are facing today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has identified far-ranging and drastic consequences of climate change, to both humans and the environment, including: Increasing (More...)

Join New York Area Buddhist Leaders for the People’s Climate March in NYC on 9/21

We urge all Buddhist-affiliated groups, organizations and sanghas to strongly encourage their members to join The People’s Climate March on September 21 for this historic event. The People’s Climate March is fast approaching and momentum is gathering. According to the vast majority of scientific experts, climate change is the greatest crisis our civilization has ever faced. World leaders including President Barack Obama will (More...)

Buddhist Partnering Organizations

Here are some participating Buddhist-affiliated organizations already signed on as official Partners for the March: Aloka Vihara; Awakening Truth; Brooklyn Zen Center; Buddhist Association of the United States; Buddhist Collaborative for Climate Action; Buddhist Global Relief; Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation; Community of Mindfulness/NY Metro Insight Meditation Society; Karuna Buddhist Vihara; Natural Dharma Project; New York (More...)