South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Cultivating Compassionate Action, Olympia, Washington
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Compassion for the Earth: Environmental Protection

Buddhism emphasizes the impact our individual actions have on our lives and the world around us. It follows from this perspective of interconnectedness that caring for the natural world begins with each of us. Consuming fewer natural resources and acting out of compassion for the earth does not have to diminish the quality of our lives and can increase it. We can choose to see reducing our carbon footprint not as an act of deprivation, but as an opportunity to gain the spiritual benefits of a simpler lifestyle. When we make these changes as part of a spiritual practice, they support our spiritual growth, contributing to the well-being of all of life and bringing joy and meaning to our actions.

Here are a few simple ideas to help you make a difference.

Contact Your Policy Makers

  • We provide links and apps for contacting local, state and federal officials here.

Save Energy
  • Visit the EnergySaver page on Energy.Gov for many ideas on saving energy in your daily life, including resources on incentives and financing.
  • For actions and information, visit Interfaith Power and Light: The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Shop With the Earth and Ocean in Mind
  • Before buying seafood, use the Monterey Bay Aquarium's app Seafood Watch to help you make a sustainable choice.

Support Environmental Organizations
  • Help prevent the Puget Sound from going the way of Valdez, AK or Lousiana's polluted land and waterways by supporting Stand Up to Oil and Salish Sea StandsAgainst Kinder Morgan
  • Visit the websites of the local environmental organizations on our Allies page here.
  • Olympia Indivisible has an extensive list of Allies on here.

Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide

What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

One Million Voices: Taking A Stand Against Fossil Fuels

Watch a short video of the ways the Pacific Northwest is standing up to coal and oil and saying no, we can do better! Take action today.