When I encountered the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) in the late 1980s I was already concerned about climate change and consumerism. I was immediately struck by two of the ethical guidelines that all Buddhists undertake to observe as faithfully as possible.
“I’m off to see my son and grandchildren in the US next week!”
“I can build great networks at conferences overseas. So I’m going to Rome next month.”
“We love skiing, so we’re going to Japan next winter!”
Acting on climate change is a complex thing, especially when it involves our international travel.