The International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change

I signed, and I hope you will too.

In addition, as previously mentioned, I am a trained and certified Climate Leader with Former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. As a certified Climate Leader, I’m charged to go forth and present on climate change to various groups and communities. I’ve decided that I would like to make Buddhist communities a special focus of mine in this regard. As a Climate Leader, it is my hope that by offering presentations with the best and most up-to-date information on the climate reality I might help others in the Buddhist community and elsewhere get started and discern their best ways of responding.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like me to come talk to your sangha/community/organization about climate change, request a presentation at my page on Climate Reality’s site and I’ll come talk to you. When I’m traveling and available to give presentations in other places that I find myself, I will make that known on this website. (I’d also certainly consider coming to you wherever you are, but that will depend on my availability and you will have to cover my travel expenses.)

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  • mememine

    How to Shut Down a “remaining” Climate Blame Believer

    “Just because science refuses to agree beyond “could be” doesn’t mean you get to “believe” it will be a crisis for billions of innocent children.” Science didn’t commit a hoax,YOU did.

    Prove us former believers wrong;
    *Not one scientific consensus says; “will be” or “inevitable” or “eventual” like they love to say comet hits are.*

  • Janearthlover

    As a trained leader I believe you are required to cover your own expenses and to not receive any compensation for your presentations.

    • RevDannyFisher

      This is true, but I also can’t cover flights if some center in, say, Illinois wants me to come to them and do a presentation. Covering travel expenses is different than compensation. I do them for free, yes — always. But I’m also in no position to travel at cost.

      • Janearthlover

        That’s why people in all regions of the country have been trained. Flying to a location to then give a presentation on the effects of CO2 seems a bit hypocritical, no? This is why I stay in state.

        • RevDannyFisher

          Fair enough. However, our collective use of electronic devices is much more taxing on the environment than flying (…

          “The global information-communications-technologies (ICT) ecosystem includes everything from smartphones to laptops to digital TVs to — especially — the vast and electron-thirsty computer-server farms that make up the backbone of what we call ‘the cloud’ … the ICT system now uses 1,500 terawatt-hours of power per year. That’s about 10% of the world’s total electricity generation or roughly the combined power production of Germany and Japan. It’s the same amount of electricity that was used to light the entire planet in 1985. We already use 50% more energy to move bytes than we do to move planes in global aviation.”

          …so I’m turning off the computer and going outside to play! : )

          • Janearthlover

            It is all bad for our climate balance and if you really care about that you don’t need to make excuses.

          • RevDannyFisher

            To be fair, I never said anything about flying in the original post. You were the one who decided to make this about flying. And I also said I would only “consider” travel. Maybe read the post again?