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Forms and Opportunities for Engaged Practice

Despair is paralysis. It robs us of agency. It blinds us to our own power and the power of the earth. Environmental despair is a poison every bit as destructive as the methylated mercury in the bottom of Onondaga Lake. But how can we submit to despair while the land is saying "Help"?

— Robin Wall Kimmerer

No small part of our challenge is the pervasive poverty of agency. How often do we hear, including from ourselves, “but I’m just one person”? Yet both Dharma and sociology disagree. Our words and actions matter so much and indeed they are all we have.

Yet whether or not our actions make a big difference that we can actually see, feel, and touch is, in a way, none of our business. Our opportunity is to meaningfully respond. We can speak in ways that actually help. We can act in ways that are deeply rooted, skillful, strategic, and unattached to specific outcomes.

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” -Angela Davis


Featured Action Organizations

  • I-Collective: Comprising an autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to promote Indigenous food sovereignty, as well as elevate and preserve Indigenous Narratives. Founded on the four core principles of indigenous, inspired, innovative, and independent, their work centers upon the collective promotion of a healthy food system that values people, traditional knowledge, and the planet over profit.
  • UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization, is an intergenerational, multi-racial, community organization promoting sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Central to their work is advocacy to ensure meaningful community engagement, participatory community planning practices, and sustainable development with justice and governmental accountability. As lead advocates of climate justice, all of UPROSE’s work is done in the interest of a Just Transition, championing the move away from the extraction economy and towards climate solutions that put frontline communities in positions of leadership.
  • Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is an international nonprofit organization working to secure a healthy future for mangroves around the world by bridging science, community and education for grassroots mangrove restoration. Founded in 1992, MAP has grown into a global network focused on viable, long-term, equitable solutions to restoring these vital ecosystems.

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Featured Calls to Action



  • Support Standing Together and Combatants for Peace, two grassroots movements mobilizing Jewish and Palestinians for peace, equality, and justice.
  • Support Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), an independent, local Palestinian child rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
  • Green Faith will be holding the Faith for Climate Justice in May 2024 – a week of mobilization calling for an end to fossil fuels, a sustainable future, and a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. Sign up to receive updates about getting involved, and sign the Multi-faith Climate Finance Pledge calling on banks and asset managers to align their portfolios with a 1.5 degree future and universal access to clean energy by 2030.
  • Writer Rebecca Solnit and climate activist Thelma Young Lutunatabua have recently added a new chapter to their climate anthology Not Too Late, providing practical suggestions to stay informed and engaged. Access this guide here, experiment with these approaches and deepen your engagement.
  • World BEYOND War has launched a 6-week online course War and the Environment 2024. Sign up to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in addressing these two existential threats: war and environmental catastrophe. The course is self-paced, with three optional interactive Zoom calls taking place in March and April.
  • As the threat of the climate emergency becomes increasingly evident, we will need to find ways to process and bear the many complex and dysregulating emotional responses that emerge. The Climate Psychology Alliance of North America’s upcoming workshop “How to Facilitate and Host a Climate Café: An Online Experiential Workshop” will support participants in developing the confidence to facilitate your own climate cafe. Learn more and sign up here.


United States

  • Call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to avert further loss of civilian life and humanitarian catastrophe, call on your senators to do so (phone numbers here), and send a letter to Congress urging their support in the release and safe return of all hostages taken by Hamas.
  • Support Jewish Voice for Peace (JWP), a US-based, grassroots organization seeking to organize a multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of US Jews into solidarity with Palestinian liberation.
  • A new report from Stand.earth, the Sierra Club, and Stop the Money Pipeline The Hidden Risk in State Pensions has revealed that far too few state pensions are taking adequate steps to address climate-related financial risks. Urge your state treasurer to update the state pension’s proxy voting guidelines to more adequately address climate risk.
  • President Biden has paused the approval of all new liquified natural gas (LNG) exports, effectively delaying these massive projects. It is time for the financial sector to do the same. Without the backing of financial institutions, LNG expansion would be unviable. Email the biggest Wall Street banks to urge them to stop financing LNG.
  • Plastic pollution is a global problem that needs a global solution. 175 nations have agreed to develop a legally binding agreement on plastic pollution. Countries will continue the drafting process at the next negotiating session in Ottawa, Canada in April 2024 and are scheduled to produce a final treaty by the end of 2024. Urge the U.S. delegation to push diligently for an effective treaty that will cut down on plastic production and outlast plastic pollution itself.



  • Support Parliamentary petition e-4745, sponsored by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Heather McPherson, calling upon the Government of Canada to immediately end all arms exports to Israel given the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
  • The Youth Climate Corps campaign which originated with the Climate Emergency Unit represents an invitation to Canada’s youth to mobilize to confront the climate emergency. If actualized, the public program will offer placements and training opportunities for anyone under 35 to engage in climate-related jobs while earning a living wage. The campaign continues to gain momentum, both nationally and regionally (in Alberta, and British Columbia). Show your support for a national Youth Climate Corps.
  • Methane emissions from oil and gas have historically been undercounted in Canada. Effective methane reductions would provide one of the fastest and lowest-cost methods towards ensuring near-term climate benefits. Send a letter to the Canadian government urging them to deliver strong, ambitious and effective methane regulations that could limit emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sector.
  • Solar Alberta continues to call for an end to the moratorium on renewable power plants in Alberta. Encourage your networks to keep the pressure on by ordering a lawn sign, sending letters, donating, and volunteering.
  • RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) is holding an online/in-person webinar Growing Rooted Solidarity: Allyship and Land Back. Register for the seminar to learn more about colonial history of Canada and BC, the legal landscape relating to Indigenous people, the work of RAVEN and how this work is part of the larger Indigenous rights movement.


Ongoing Opportunities & Action Resources


  • #StopLine3: Check out the  @stopline3 linktree for information about how to join the movement by donating, attending a workshop or rally, helping allies on the frontlines get supplies, and more.
  • Oak Flat: US residents can ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act.
  • Sign the Multi-faith Climate Statement to be presented to world leaders at COP26 in November 2021.

Ongoing Opportunities

Featured Campaigns

Faith Climate Action Week 2024
Our partners at Interfaith Power and Light are inviting people of diverse faith backgrounds to learn about and examine our relationship to our faith, food and climate this upcoming Earth Day.
Faith Climate Action Week 2024
Our partners at Interfaith Power and Light are inviting people of diverse faith backgrounds to learn about and examine our relationship to our faith, food and climate this upcoming Earth Day.
A call to defend sacred land of the Western Apache
Mining companies are threatening to turn a sacred site into a copper pit. Many Apaches are working to defend their historic homeland, and you can help.
Opportunities to Counter Structural Greed
United around a set of equity principles, this broad coalition confronts the financial sector institutions that fund climate chaos. If you're looking for a way to counter institutionalized greed, this might be a place for your practice.

Restoration is a powerful antidote to despair. Restoration offers concrete means by which humans can once again enter into positive creative relationship with the more-than-human world, meeting responsibilities that are simultaneously material and spiritual. It's not enough to grieve. It's not enough to just stop doing bad things.

— Robin Wall Kimmerer

Stories of Engagement

Buddhism, Social Change, and Skillful Means
How should our practice influence our political engagement? In 2012, three Buddhist leaders explored this provocative question in a conversation that feels just as urgent today as it did then.