Resources on Dharma and Climate
We offer here ideas and resources for going deeper. Explore the intersection of Dharma and ecology through a wealth of wisdom and practices offered by teachers and sangha leaders. Then tell us what we’ve missed!
We are especially grateful to Donald Rothberg, Kritee Kanko, Eleanor Hancock and Sara Schedler for contributing to this evolving compilation.
- Buddhist and Interfaith
- Information, Advocacy and Activism
- Climate Justice
- Recorded Talks Related to Dharma and Climate Change
- Books on Dharma, Ecology, and Climate Change
- General Books on Climate Change
- Other Sources of Climate Science Information
Leonard, Lou, & Kritee Kanko. “Mindfulness & Climate Action: Background Paper” (2014).
Buddhist and Interfaith
Association of Buddhists for the Environment. (Monks from all 23 provinces in Cambodia working to protect the environment in Cambodia.)
Deer Park Monastery Earth Holders. (Monks, nuns, and lay practitioners of Deer Park Monastery, a practice center in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, working to reduce impact on the earth; see also the blog Earth Holding Here and Now and the newsletter Touching the Earth.)
Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE). (Online earth sangha started by Gaia House, England.)
Dharma Gaia Trust. (Australian organization with a mission to nurture awareness of the complementarity of Buddhism and ecology.)
Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change. (Buddhist teachers seeking to inspire Buddhists and laypeople alike to engage in solutions to the climate crisis by sharing the wisdom found in the Dharma.)
Earth Sangha. (Seeking peace through meditation and study of the Dharma and contributing to peace through ecological restoration.)
Ecological Buddhism: A Buddhist Response to Global Warming. (Website offering a rich collection of resources on a Buddhist response to global warming, including science, wisdom, and solutions.)
Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. (Interfaith project exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics to broaden understanding of current environmental concerns and seek comprehensive solutions.)
Green Sangha. (Envisioning the restoration of a healthy biosphere that supports the infinite creativity and diversity of life; drawing on Joanna Macy’s work and finding inspiration in the lives of nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, and Julia Butterfly Hill.)
GreenFaith. (Inspiring, educating and mobilizing people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.)
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate. (Religious and faith-based leaders, groups, and individuals seeking to awaken U.S. leaders to their moral obligation to take urgent action on climate change.)
Touch the Earth Forum. (Local earth sangha in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.)
Information, Advocacy and Activism
350.org. (Building a global climate movement through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions coordinated by a global network active in more than 188 countries.)
Center for Biological Diversity. (Seeing diversity as having intrinsic value and working—through science, law and creative media—to secure a future for all species threatened with extinction.)
#Climate. (Social media app that aggregates climate activism opportunities.)
Climate Action Network. (Umbrella organization representing hundreds of groups around the world advancing climate action.)
Climate Parents. (Mobilizing parents and families to push policy makers and energy companies to stop prioritizing dirty energy and to scale up “kid-safe and climate-safe” energy instead.)
Climate Reality Project. (Founded by Al Gore “to help solve the greatest challenge of our time.”)
Community Power Network. (Resources to help individuals and communities switch to solar power.)
Earth Policy Institute. (“Dedicated to planning a sustainable future and providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there.”)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). (Envisioning a clean energy economy, getting the laws right, forging unique partnerships, implementing global incentives to curb pollution and deforestation.)
Friends of the Earth. (Defending the environment and championing a healthy and just world.)
Greenpeace. (Independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions essential to a green and peaceful future.)
The Heat is On(line). (Website tracking climate-related developments, including extreme weather events, campaigns of deception and disinformation by the fossil fuel lobby, and solutions.)
Low Carbon Diet. (How to cut 5000 lbs. off of your carbon footprint in a month!)
Resource Innovation Group. (Addressing “the human causes, impacts, and solutions to complex socio-economic-ecological challenges, with a special emphasis on climate change”; see programs on climate preparedness & resiliency, climate education, and climate economics.)
World Wildlife Fund. (WWF) (WWF’s climate change initiative works to advance policies to fight climate change, engage with businesses to reduce carbon emissions, and help people and nature adapt to a changing climate.)
Zero Footprint Baby. (A book and website helping parents save the planet while raising a healthy baby.)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship. (Seeking to serve as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism, including climate justice.)
Climate Justice Alliance. (Collaborative of more than 35 community-based and movement support organizations rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S. working to forge a scalable and socioeconomically just transition away from unsustainable energy toward local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.)
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. (Action, cross-networking.)
Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism. (EJnet.org’s collection of resources for environmental justice activists.)
Hsieh, Steven. “People of Color Are Already Getting Hit the Hardest by Climate Change” (2014). (Interview with Jacqueline Patterson, executive director of the NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative.)
Indigenous Environmental Network: Tar Sands. (Action and information; rare and virulent cancers in Alberta’s indigenous communities.)
NAACP Climate Justice Initiative. (Recognizing the disproportionate impact global climate change has on communities of color in the U.S. and around the world, the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative is dedicated to educating and mobilizing communities to address this human and civil rights issue.)
Petru, Alexis. “Poll Clears Up Misconceptions: People of Color Concerned About Climate Change” (2014). (Debunking the myth.)
Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. (Environmental Health News’s environmental justice series, featuring 10 articles, with stories from communities in CA, MA, MI, AL; Day Seven, “The Climate Gap,” links climate change and environmental justice.)
Smith, Deirdre. “Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson” (2014).
Recorded Talks Related to Dharma and Climate Change
Ajahn Thanasanti. Awakening in Our Times (2013-12-20).
Ayya Anandabodhi. The Brahma Viharas and the Climate Challenge (7-11-13).
Ayya Santacitta. Learning from Climate Change (7-12-13).
Baraz, James. Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point Part 1: Concern for the Planet as Dharma Practice. (6-14-12).
Baraz, James, and Bob Doppelt. Earth As Witness: International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change (1-16-14).
Brach, Tara. Earth’s Crisis—On the Edge of the Roof (9-17-14).
Dicapua, Chas. The Dharma of Global Climate Change (8-5-08).
______. The Dharma of Global Climate Change (7-30-13).
Doppelt, Bob. From Me to We (2-7-13).
Loving the Earth: Awareness, Action and Celebration (Spirit Rock Earth Day Daylong) (4-20-14). (Includes talks by Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, Ayya Santussika, Jack Kornfield, Margarita Loinaz, David Loy, Wes Nisker, and Donald Rothberg.)
Loy, David. Buddhism and Ecology (5-25-12).
______. The Eco-Crisis as a Spiritual Crisis (4-20-14).
______. Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Ecocrisis (6-7-11).
Macy, Joanna. Climate Change, Capitalism, and Buddhadharma (11-21-13).
______. For the Sake of Life on Earth, Part 1 (7-24-11).
______. For the Sake of Life on Earth, Part 2 (7-24-11).
Responses to Climate Change: Awareness, Action, and Celebration (Spirit Rock Earth Day Daylong) (4-20-13). (Includes talks by James Baraz, Bob Doppelt, Paul Hawken, Joanna Macy, Malcolm Margolin, Donald Rothberg, and Nina Wise.)
Rothberg, Donald. The Anatomy of Ignorance 2: The Social Roots of Ignorance and Climate Disruption (10-2-13).
______. Dharma Practice and the Climate Crisis (4-17-13).
______. The Four Noble Truths of Responding to Climate Change (10-8-14).
Thanissara. Practice & Climate Change (5-13-14).
Vivekananda, U. Buddhist Perspective on Climate Change (6-23-14).
Books on Dharma, Ecology, and Climate Change
Badiner, Allan Hunt (ed.). Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology. Parallax, 1990.
Coleman, Mark. Awake in the Wild. Inner Oceans Publishing, 2006.
Doppelt, Bob. From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life. Greenleaf Publishing, 2012.
Gottlieb, Roger (ed.). This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment (rev. ed.). Routledge, 2003. (Large collection of sources from many spiritual traditions.)
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Love Letter to the Earth. Parallax Press, 2013.
Kaza, Stephanie. Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking. Redwing, 2008.
Kaza, Stephanie, and Kenneth Kraft (eds.). Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. Shambhala Publications, 1999.
Macy, Joanna. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives and World. New Society, 1998.
Macy, Joanna, and Chris Johnstone. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy. New World Library, 2012.
Murphy, Susan. Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2014.
Snyder, Gary. The Practice of the Wild. North Point Press, 1990.
Stanley, John, David R. Loy, and Gyurme Dorje (eds.). A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. Wisdom Publications, 2009.
General Books on Climate Change
Anthony, Carl. The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race (forthcoming).
Brown, Lester. World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. Norton, 2011.
Gershon, David. Low Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds—Be Part of the Global Warming Solution! (3rd ed.). Empowerment Institute, 2006.
Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It. Rodale Books, 2006.
______. Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. Rodale Books, 2009.
Henson, Robert. The Rough Guide to Climate Change (3rd ed.). Rough Guides, 2011.
Hertsgaard, Mark. Hot! Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. Mariner Books, 2012.
Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Handbook. Transition Books, 2008.
______. The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times. Transition Books, 2011.
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Other Sources of Climate Science Information
American Psychological Association. “Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges” (2009).
Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014. (This report, commissioned by the U.S. government, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the current and future impacts of climate change on the United States.)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (Here, you can access the 2014 comprehensive review of climate science information, as well as past reports.)
James E. Hansen. (Home page of one of the most outspoken climate scientists.)
National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. Climate Change: Evidence and Causes (2014).
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “Climate change: How do we know?”
Risky Business Project. “RISKY BUSINESS: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.”
Royal Society. (United Kingdom’s most authoritative science body and one of the most respected in the world.)
Skeptical Science. (A well-respected online platform dedicated to providing clear, science-based answers to common questions about climate change.)
Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. (Commissioned by the UK Treasury, one of the most comprehensive assessments of the costs of the global impacts of climate change, as well as the cost of responding to it.)
Union of Concerned Scientists. (Nonprofit science advocacy organization working in the areas of clean energy, clean vehicles, food and agriculture, global warming, nuclear power, and nuclear weapons.)
U.S. Academy of Sciences. (The highest scientific authority in the United States; it has produced a number of reviews of climate science, including a recent summary for the public produced together with the Royal Society.)
“Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)” (U.S. Department of Energy).
Greenpeace. The Energy [R]evolution 2012. (A strongly researched pathway for phasing out fossil fuels and phasing in renewable energy.)
Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). (An organization dedicated to tracking renewable energy trends and progress in key countries; releases a well-regarded annual summary of renewable energy development.)
Renewables 100 Policy Institute. (A think tank and nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the transition to 100% renewable energy.)
U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (Part of a network of U.S. national laboratories supported by the Department of Energy, conducting cutting-edge research on renewable energy.)
World Wildlife Fund. The Energy Report: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. (A comprehensive roadmap showing a pathway to 100% renewable energy globally by 2050.)
Policies and Government Resources
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “First steps to a safer future: Introducing The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Overview of Greenhouse Gases.”
U. S. White House. “Climate Change and President Obama’s Action Plan.”