Buddhist Leaders Look Towards Climate Action for Awakening

Written by Claire Morgenstern

“When we hear about climate change, we know it’s true but it feels overwhelming. What can we do?”

That’s the urgent question posed by Jack Kornfield, one of the world’s leading Buddhist voices, in a beautiful video message recorded as part of NRDC’s Demand Clean Power campaign. The video also commemorates the first-ever Earth Care Week, which comes to a close today.

Earth Care Week was created by a group of senior Buddhist teachers as an opportunity for Buddhists around the world to come together and explore the role of climate change as a catalyst for awakening in today’s changing world.

What we can do, according to Kornfield, is raise our voices against dirty fuels and stand up for clean energy. That includes calling for an end to the climate-wrecking Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which endangers our environment, our climate and our health.

Kornfield is one of the voices of Demand Clean Power, NRDC’s recently launched campaign for a clean energy future. This people-powered movement aims to move beyond heavily-polluting fuels like oil, coal and tar sands and choose better, cleaner energy sources, like solar, wind and energy efficient technologies.

“There’s a renewal in the life force of the Earth that wants us to join with it,” Kornfield says. “And when we do, all kinds of wonderful things are possible.”

Learn more about NRDC’s Demand Clean Power campaign.


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper5 years ago


J.L. A5 years ago

In many of the social justice movements, the tipping point towards success came when faith traditions became vocal--may this be that kind of harbinger

sandra j.
sandra j5 years ago


Harriet Brown
Harriet Brown5 years ago

thank you Claire Morgenstern & Jack Kornfield. So true - and isn't CARE 2 a great place to unite voices and hearts for change? the consciousness of the planet is changing - one person at a time. We can pass the word that while one person alone may feel helpless, when millions unite nothing is impossible.

Alice L.
Alice Mae L5 years ago

Everyone should listen to his words. The Earth needs us now!

Julie D.
Julie D5 years ago

So totally true and right.

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld5 years ago

I didn't think it was a corporate change. Anyway, global warming is as likely to be construed as positive - no one favors global cooling. Heating or warming seem interchangeable, but I prefer to stick with the better known phrase.