Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
29 Oct, 2015 | 8:37 pm
The Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective (GBCCC) – An interfaith coalition of senior Buddhist leaders, including the Dalai Lama, have thrown their weight behind a petition calling on world leaders to act on climate change.
The statement is endorsed by more than 300 Buddhist leaders and teachers from 36 countries including the Mahanayaka Thero of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya in Sri Lanka, His Eminence Agga Maha Panditha Dawuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thera.
Over 5000 Buddhists from across the world have signed the petition titled ‘The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change’.
The petitioners state they are united in their concern to phase out fossil fuels and that it is their ethical belief to act against the causes and the impacts of climate change, especially on the world’s poorest.
Reflecting the reality of scientific consensus now that climate change is irreversible the petition calls on world leaders to ensure that the global temperature increase remains below 1.5 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels.
Also acknowledging the economic impact on developing nations caused by shift from fossil fuel to renewable sources, the authors of the petition have asked for additional financing above the agreed $100 billion in Copenhagen in 2009.
The GBCCC’s statement is timed to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) UN climate change conference in December of this year.
The petition can be found here
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