Wise Speech and Action

Opportunities for speaking and acting on how we can respond to the reality of climate change with wisdom and compassion



From Disruption’s Front Line, Mark Øvland’s Courtroom Statement

What will it take to change a society’s confused stories that have been building over millennia? The embodied practice of a few protesters at the heart of Extinction Rebellion UK positions non-violent civil disobedience as disruptive response to business-as-usual.

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“We Deserve a Future”

#CompassionTakesAction. On Friday, September 20, youth around the world are explicitly calling for adults to join them in Climate Strike. Buddhists and people of faith are organizing to do just that. Join Us. On Friday, September 20, youth around the world are explicitly calling for adults to join them in Climate Strike. Buddhists and people of faith are organizing to do just that. Join Us.

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Loving the Earth by Loving One Another

Kaira Jewel gives us a lens on the healing that is possible when we see our practice as deeply relational, whether interpersonal, with one another or regarding the rest of nature.

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Earth Care Week and Living the Change

Once again, as part of Earth Care Week, we invite Sangha’s around the world to turn the light of the Dharma towards the ecological crises we all face and the possibility of an empowered, connected and even joyful response.

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The Personal and the Political: Rise for Climate Action

Grounded in compassion and right understanding, we come together once again to insist on bold, clear, and pervasive structural change. We invite you to take your place in this moment by organizing or joining Rise for Climate Action events in San Francisco and around the world.

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Launching a New Campaign: Living the Change

Communities of meaning are stepping up to live the change we need. Join us and in a multi-faith initiative for living in sustainable relationship with and for the web of life.

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Love Letter to New Activists

Following the People’s Climate Mobilization, we might ask “was that effective?” or “what next?” In her warm and wise letter to new activists, long-time engaged environmentalist, Sarah Vekasi, addresses the importance of a mindful approach to becoming and staying engaged.

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Mobilizing on Behalf of Life

As Buddhists we are committed to the “timeless values of compassion, peace and wisdom.” Ven. Bikkhu Bhodhi calls on us to mobilize in “inspired action to protect the climate.”

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Let’s Stand Up Together

Can Buddhist leaders and teachers advocate for social and climate justice yet steer clear of political affiliation? Bikkhu Bodhi encourages bold but non-partisan engagement, envisioning a pan-Buddhist alliance to protect of all vulnerable beings.

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Mindfulness in Action at the People’s Climate Mobilization

Let’s gather a strong, mindful presence this April for the People’s Climate Movement. Save the dates of April 2 and 29 and then start organizing your communities for this opportunity to stand for all children of all species.

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Autonomism and the Women’s March

“What the Women’s March has achieved …. is the fundamental cultural shift from power over to power with …. from from competition to compassion.” Dharma scholar Shaun Bartone reflects on our common cause for the dignity and liberation and all beings.

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Confirming our Interdependent Destiny

Join One Earth Sangha and the mindfulness community in walking together at the Women’s March in Washington DC and in sister marches around the world.

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Supporting Mindful Presence at Standing Rock

Join us in supporting a mindfulness/Buddhist contingent to be present, to bear witness, to be counted, to be in direct solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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Practices for Challenging Times

Amidst the still-shaking landscape after the US Presidential election, we might be searching for elusive solid ground. How might we cultivate a true steadiness without running the risk of indifference to suffering?

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Stand with Standing Rock

The protectors at Standing Rock are not only challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline project but the fundamental logic of placing private profits over people and planet. Will you stand with Standing Rock?

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Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust

Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith observes, “it is our sacred duty to protect the vulnerable, to provide for the future of our children, to show compassion to the earth. Today, we accept this responsibility.”

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Update on Climate Mobilization

In the wake of the violence in Paris, the focus of mobilization is shifting to solidarity events and practices around the world. Lou Leonard offers here an update on those events and the ways you and your community can get involved.

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Global Climate Prayer

In accordance with the global climate talks in Paris, join Buddhists around the world in practices to develop awareness of interdependence with all beings and reduce our carbon emissions.

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From the Roof of the World

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has issued a call for global action on climate “for the health and sustainability of the entire world.”

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The EcoSattva Training – A Collaborative Enterprise

The EcoSattva Training has come into being in response to and collaboration with your our Sangha. We are sharing here the structure that has emerged from your reflection and feedback. This is your training so let us know what you think of our plan.

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Time to Stand Up: New Sangha Events Directory

If there was a moment to get involved, this is it. Taking a cue from Vipassana teacher and activist Thanissara’s new book, we are announcing a new capability to join or add events that develop and demonstrate our interdependence with all of life!

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Light for Lima

“Make of yourself a light,” the Buddha advised. On Sunday evening December 7th, spiritual traditions of all kinds will join together in a global candlelight vigil to support a strong outcome at the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru. Can you add your light?

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Sitting in Protest of ‘Gross Negligence’

Joining with other spiritual traditions and artists, the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) organized a protest against “Gross Negligence” on the part of British Petroleum. This is how we can “multiply our courage.”

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Inspiration from the People’s Climate March

Sights and sounds from the global People’s Climate March on Sunday, 21 September, 2014

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A Call to Restore the Sacred Balance

Members of One Earth Sangha joined events in New York City and around the world for the People’s Climate March. Buddhist teacher and climate activist, Thanissara, gives her first hand account of this moment of global compassion in action.

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Skillful Disruption

We make our future, minute by minute. Here is what you can do right now: in NYC and around the world, join the People’s Climate March.

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Earth Care Week, 2014

Join Dharma teachers and practitioners the world over in observing the second annual Earth Care Week, October 5–12. Let’s come together to celebrate love for the Earth and engage in wise action on her behalf.

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This Is the Time

Brother Protection (Thay Phap Ho), a monk in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, urges all of us to reach out to our fellow sangha members and encourage them to join in on The People’s Climate March, Sept 21 for this global moment of consciousness.

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A Path of Wise Action

With the People’s Climate March just three weeks away, Dharma teacher Thanissara suggests that the Buddhist perspective has much to contribute to this activist moment.

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A Paradigm of Integrity

In this provocative essay leading up to the People’s Climate March in September, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi insists that technological changes will not be enough. We are called to recognize, confront and dismantle the structural causes of climate change.

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