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Thoughts for Environmental Activists, Climate Change ‘Believers’ and Skeptics Alike

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According to the Buddhist faith, this passage contained within their cannon outlines the Buddha’s thoughts about believing:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

Granted this is more to do with spiritual beliefs, but for me the first and last sentence remind me that we mustn’t take as fact the word of the media or lobbyists.

When it comes to the Environment, Climate Change and the future of our species and the planet we inhabit, only fact and proven science is good enough. Not speculation, conjecture or my favourite, ‘consensus’. Consensus is not science, science is science – either our climate scientists have proven anthropogenic climate change or they haven’t.

Thanks to the ‘Buddha Quote of the Day’ widget for this poignant and worthwhile advice.

Image courtesy of and with thanks to BTSIDERS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/btsiders/

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This entry was posted on 6 January 2012 by in Activism, Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability, Idealism.

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