Category: Environment

Environment as Self: A Buddhist Perspective on Climate Change

  By Noah Harrell Around the world, climate change has been one of the most important topics of discussion for decades now. It ranges from people being worried about the threat of global extinction to those denying any evidence of change. Amidst this chaotic and polarizing time of half truths and misinformation, perhaps reflecting on our spiritual heritage and the rich history of Buddhism may be able to give us some insights into our current situation. Around the time of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, roughly 2500 years ago, many schools of thought and practice have developed in the name...

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Notes from a Jaded Traveler

  By Debbie Lynn It is 6.30 AM, Sunday. Anse Mitan, Martinique The sun begins to illuminate the sky and the reflecting light makes everything look pastel, like an old painting. The horizon is delineated by a slightly darker shade of blue, separating the sky from the water. The ocean is flat as far as the eye can see; proving to me again how there are so many, many illusions that we live in. The distant melody of an island coming to life serves as a reminder we are, somewhat, back in civilization. The dogs barking, airplane thunder, cars and...

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Environmental Poisons Hurting Our Nation’s Children—Especially Low Income Families

  By Denele Campbell As of 2002, the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries (54%) were children under the age of six years. Contrary to the popular myth of aging slackers, drug addicts, and welfare queens sucking at the national teat, this majority of Medicaid provides healthcare to children and adolescents with limitation of activity due to chronic health conditions. Their numbers quadrupled from two percent in 1960 to over eight percent in 2012.[1],[2] This increase parallels the growth in manufacture and use of agricultural chemicals. One of the fastest growing patient groups covered by Medicaid is children with developmental disabilities....

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There is No Refuge: My Zafu’s On Fire

  By John Author It’s everywhere; there’s no denying it. I can turn off all my tech, but the minute I go to work—there it is…politics. Now don’t run away yet Precious Reader! This isn’t gonna turn out how you think it will, and I swear I’ll never bring it up again after this article. That’s because I don’t have much to say. I can pipe in with some compliments and critiques during reformist debates, but I don’t have anything worthwhile to contribute. It’s not that I’m disinterested, it’s that I bleed black and green—I’m an anarchist. It’s tough to join...

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The Biological, Evolutional, Sociological Case for Compassion.

  By John Author   I’ve never thought of myself as the most compassionate person, but my views about myself are usually wrong. A few studies have shown that our friends and loved ones usually know us better than we know ourselves. So, according to public opinion, I’m compassionate—I just don’t feel compassionate. I don’t feel warm and fuzzy when I donate to a charity or listen to someone’s tales of woe. I don’t usually tear up when I hear about the atrocities that occur in the world. I sit there with a stiff upper lip and absorb the information. That...

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