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Lions Roar : September 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2009 85 tionally or take advantage of information to guide their choices. awareness does not necessarily translate into behavior change, even though we wish that it were true. Goleman acknowledges that business pressures to meet cost and performance goals often outrank social and environmental considerations. yet he argues strongly that radical transparency has the power to drive the market. the problem is that some producers will do everything they can to hide environmental exploitation or their use of cheap labor by invoking the principle of “trade secrets.” who will invest in infor- mation sleuthing? who will set the rating criteria and how will the rat- ing systems keep up with the rapid rate of product generation? and will consumers even have the luxury of time to consider the data? even if those in the Global north inventively develop ecological intelligence, these efforts may very quickly be outrun by popula- tion multiplier effects in the Global south. and what about china? are chinese producers interested in ecological intelligence? Goleman’s book gives us much to think about, if we can avoid becoming mired in emotional reaction to his truly heartbreaking accounts of rainforest razing, aquatic dead zones, coral bleaching, and the toxic stew we eat and breathe. like many environmental calls to action, it follows the Jeremiad format: see these horrors and respond! but we really don’t know whether human action can reverse the unraveling of the earth’s systems. at stake is the integrity of the original “ecological intel- ligence,” an intelligence far older than our cleverness. in A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, editors John stanley, david loy, and Gyurme dorje likewise take the classic Jeremiad approach to climate change, aiming to inform and in- spire buddhists to take action, and soon. the book is an anthol- ogy of buddhist commentaries, featuring reflections from two well-known teachers, the dalai lama and thich nhat Hanh, along with many short pieces by tibetan rinpoches and western buddhist teachers. stanley, a british biologist and tibetan bud- dhist practitioner, brought this project to fruition by collabo- rating with engaged-buddhist scholar david loy and Gyurme dorje, a scholar of the nyingma tradition—completing the book in time for the next big global climate conference, in copenha- gen this december. Given the impact of climate change on future generations, A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency challenges us to consider what this means for the bodhisattva vow. if buddhists are fundamentally concerned with the alleviation of suffering, surely they have a distinct role to play in responding to climate issues. as the dalai lama says, “it has become an urgent neces- sity to ethically re-examine what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. we ourselves are the pivotal human generation.” Following the opening statement by the dalai lama, stanley lays out the basic science of global climate change, discussing carbon emis- sions, tipping points, feedback loops, and car- rying capacity, and he makes the case for climate change as a deeply moral problem that buddhists must address. though he says this section offers a buddhist approach to climate science, much of this material is commonly found in other climate re- sources. the one exception is the report on the melt- ing of Himalayan glaciers, what is sometimes called the “third pole,” a phenomenon that receives far less media attention than ice loss at the north and south poles. the Himalayan glaciers should be of special concern for buddhists, as these ice fields supply the water needs of tibetan ecosystems as well as feed major rivers in the birthplace of buddhism and in lands where it took root—the Ganges and brahmaputra in india, the sal- ween and irrawaddy in burma, the mekong in Vietnam, and the yangtze and yellow in china. we do not hear much about this third pole because information is scarce and conducting scientific research in this region is difficult under chinese rule. Perhaps buddhists should make this their own cause célèbre in the climate conversation. like Goleman, the authors presented in this anthology as- sume that awareness will bring about behavior change; however, by “awareness” they mean much more than the usual environ- mental education. they literally mean awakening from delusion, engaging the deeper and more powerfully motivating force of spiritual awareness. this, they contend, is what it will take to awaken from the broad collective denial around climate change, to challenge the habitual patterns and hindrances that present such formidable obstacles to awakening. what solutions do the writers in The Climate Emergency bring to the table? Foremost is the power of aspirational prayer, as sug- gested in many of the contributions by tibetan teachers. setting a strong intention is necessary for breaking through systemic social “It has become an urgent necessity to ethically “re-examine what we have inherited, what we “are responsible for, and what we will pass on “to coming generations. We ourselves are the “pivotal human generation.” – the Dalai Lama Following the opening statement by the dalai rying capacity, and he makes the case for climate change as a deeply moral problem that buddhists must address. though he says this section offers a buddhist approach to climate science, much of this material is commonly found in other climate re- sources. the one exception is the report on the melt- to drive the market. the problem is mation sleuthing? who will set the rating criteria and how will the rat- ing systems keep up with the rapid rate of product generation? and will consumers even have the luxury of shambhala sun Audio: stephanie Kaza talks about this review at www.shambhalasun.com.