How Taiwan uses Buddhist literature for environmental education

The Conversation
Date: November 30, 2020
By: Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Virginia

Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that the world faces. A United Nations report has cautioned that greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity are at a record high, “with no signs of slowing down.” Many nations are recording weather extremes, higher average temperatures and rising seas. Meanwhile, the first wave of increasing numbers of climate refugees points to how a changing environment will reshape human life.

The changes in climate may have been caused by previous and current generations of adults, but it is the future generations that will have to deal with its worst effects. Today’s children will play a critical role in protecting the environment.

Confronting the crisis will require much change – and education is an urgent first step.

As experts have said, this education will need to start early, so that environmentally friendly practices become habits at a young age.    [FULL  STORY]

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