Is there any chance that ebt has anything to say about the pollution and global warming issues ?
For sure. In the Aggañña Sutta, the Buddha explicitly links changes in climate with human actions, specifically with human greed. This is in line with the idea that humans are not separate from the natural sphere, but are participating in a network of relations. We believe that we can take actions without consequences, but nothing we do disappears. If we act immoderately, exploiting and using up the biosphere, the environment changes in response.
In other suttas the Buddha spoke of the long term effects of climate change, including catastrophic heating that burns up all life on the planet. And in addition, outside the EBTs, the Jatakas contain a number of environmental parables or legends that make similar points, notably the Samuddavanija Jataka.
So , in line with above , what about us as a buddhist using cars or automotive vehicles and air conditioner equipment which indirectly or directly contributing to the global warming , causing the rising temperature of the earth and climate changing ?!
However , the application of above facilities is not out of greeds ?!
Perhaps this is inevitable ?!
Well, definitely, modern lifestyle is the driving force behind global heating. We should do everything we can, cut back as much as possible. But the reality is that personal choices can only take us so far. We can swap out our light bulbs for LEDs, but it’s not going to save us if our government is putting billions in the pockets of environmental criminals so they can open the world’s biggest coal mine.
You’ll be happy to know that Tilorien Monastery will be a low-energy semi-passive house with solar panels for all electricity.
Next step is to get our government to actually do something to realize it’s goal of a carbon arm Belgium by 2050 so both myself and our treasurer are a member of “Climate Case Belgium”. So if there are any Belgians on this forum: please join!
Unfortunately, I’m afraid it is all too little too late.
Maybe it is too late for this planet, but we may learn from the experience and be more mindful in the next life.
Congratulations on this.
Amaravati in England is also doing a series of changes (it will take 30 years actually) in order to have better constructions and require less energy to maintain the heat inside the buildings.