Ben wrote:Thanks Aloka
I would like to encourage all members, if they have the volition, to sign the Buddhist declaration on Climate Change which will be presented at the Copenahagen Climate Change talks.We are happy to announce the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) will present the Declaration and signatories to world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Conference, December 7-18th. You may be interested to look at the analysis of signatories by country and affiliation. Others can still sign the Declaration.
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I have read that petition before, and I believe it is wrong, politically motivated and lacking of facts. As a Buddhist, I do not believe it is wise to endorse such a thing.
Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of environmental protections. I would just like to see scientifically sound measures put into place, not political agendas of limiting CO2 to some arbitrary level and taxing it.
Also, I'd like to point out that crop yields have increased a good bit since CO2 has risen from 350ppm to present levels. Anyone in favor of reducing CO2 to 350ppm is advocating reduced crop yields and the murder of countless beings via starvation.