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Buddhist websites and facebook groups relating to the climate crisis

Australian Climate Dharma facebook public group

Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) (UK based)

DANCE facebook page
DANCE facebook public group

One Earth Sangha (US based)

Societal implications of climate breakdown

July 2020 Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy (Revised Edition)

Deep Adaptation refers to a set of ideas put forth in an academic paper written in 2018 by Professor Jem Bendell, and later expanded on with Katie Carr and others. The paper explores the personal and collective changes that help (and have helped) people to prepare for – and live with – societal disruption and collapse.

Professor Jem Bendell

December 2020 International Scholars Warning on Societal Disruption and Collapse

A public letter signed by over 250 scientists and scholars from 30 countries, calls on policy makers to engage more with the growing risk of societal disruption and collapse due to damage to the climate and environment.

Science-based articles and papers showing why urgent action is needed

October 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of peopl

Johathan Watts, Global Environmental Editor, Guardian

Interpretation of the October 2018 IPCC Report

Today’s teenagers are absolutely right to be up in arms about climate change, and right that they need powerful images to grab people’s attention. Yet some of the slogans being bandied around are genuinely frightening ....

Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Sciene. Leader of ECI Climate Research Program, University of Oxford

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

Abstract: We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced.

Professor Will Steffen, Climate Change Insitute, ANU, et al.
Note: this is an academic paper that went viral. The whole paper is hard to engage with for the general public, but the general points made are clear. 

Time to Re-think the Climate Change Challenge

There is likely to be much more at stake in transgressing the Paris climate targets than just a slightly warmer planet

Professor Will Steffen, Climate Change Insitute, ANU
Note: this article is a readable summary of the academic paper above, but without the detail.

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report, November 2018

The report suggests that existing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient. It adds that emission reductions from climate pledges need “to be roughly tripled” to limit warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels in 2100. Holding warming below 1.5C would require existing commitments to be “increased around fivefold”.

Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief

What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk

What Lies Beneath is an important report. It does not deliver new facts and figures, but instead provides a new perspective on the existential risks associated with anthropogenic global warming. ....

Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences. Therefore, it is all the more important to listen to non-mainstream voices who do understand the issues and are less hesitant to cry wolf.

From the foreword by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, professor of  theoretical physics specialising in complex systems and nonlinearity, founding director of  the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (1992-2018) and former chair of  the German Advisory Council on Global Change. He is a senior climate advisor to the European Union, the German Chancellor and Pope Francis.

Two videos of Greta Thunberg

Speech to EU leaders, Strasbourg, 16 April 2019, 4 minutes 11 seconds                                                                              
Speech at R20 Austrian World Summit, Vienna, May 28 2019, 10 minutes 57 seconds

Support letter to Greta Thunberg from the Dalai Lama, 31 May 2019

Outside the Buddhist community

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