What does Buddhism say about environmentalism?



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    Buddhism doesn’t address topics specifically.  The Buddha, as he shared his enlightenment with others, swept aside questions of “right and wrong” from a judgment perspective.  Instead, the Buddha advocated an approach to life (Buddhism is not a religion, but, rather “a way”) that would eradicate harm to others because once one no longer has desires, compassion will result.  Therefore, again, there is no “right or wrong”, but a way to understand experiences.

    You could interpret that from an environmental perspective and realize that great pieces of earth would be left untouched were people not driven by fear of not having the biggest house on the block (which is a desire).  So, tract housing’s land waste — along with the inefficient housing that usually accompanies it — would go out of style.

    To be a Buddhist, one must also not do harm to other living things.  Obviously, eco-systems around the world would benefit from this philosophy.

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    To quote a buddhist website, “To live in harmony with nature is a crucial buddhist practice.” The idea of an environmental movement wasn’t brought up in his time, because no one believed that their culture would turn to the point where an environmental movement was needed. Environmentalism wasn’t neccessary for them because they did not hurt nature as much as society does today.

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