From American Theravada Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Bodhi‘s keynote address on climate change emergency at the United Nations’first official Vesak celebration on 15 May 2000:

We know what lies behind climate change. The causes have been determined with scientific precision. It’s our dependence on fossil fuels, unwise practices of land clearance, industrial models of agriculture, and an economy that thrives on the dizzying cycles of relentless production and consumption. The Buddha’s diagnosis would take us a step deeper and show that what underlies the climate crisis at the most basic level are distortions at the base of the human mind. The interplay of craving and ignorance, greed, and delusion.

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