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Derek Caelin

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Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (2019, Wisdom Publications) No rating

How can we respond urgently and effectively to the ecological crisis—and stay sane doing it? …

Since the sense of self is a construct, it does not correspond to anything substantial. It's not a real thing but a bunch of interactive functions: perceiving, feeling, acting, reacting, remem bering, planning, intending... which means it is normally anxious and insecure, because there's nothing there that could be secured.

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Here is where the author loses me. The self can be deconstructed; that doesn't make it less real. You can identify all the boards, nails, and plaster in a house, but as long as they are all together holding back the rain or keeping in the heat, its still a house.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (2019, Wisdom Publications) No rating

How can we respond urgently and effectively to the ecological crisis—and stay sane doing it? …

According to traditional jurisprudence, nature is property without any legal rights, so environmental laws have focused only on regulating exploitation. Recently, however, the inherent rights of the natural world have been recognized in Ecuador, New Zealand, and India, meaning that cases can be brought up on its behalf.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by 

In "Sustaining Lake Superior", Nancy Langston says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's early function was to license and regulate pollution, rather than protect the environment, per se.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (2019, Wisdom Publications) No rating

How can we respond urgently and effectively to the ecological crisis—and stay sane doing it? …

So the issue isn't whether I have exclusive access to my toothbrush or similar personal items. The question is whether wealthy people and corporations should be free to own as much property as they want, and whether they should be able to utilize that property (especially land) in any way they want-including ways that damage the earth. Today the bottom line, with few exceptions, is "hands off" if they earned their money legally and bought the property legally. It's theirs, so they can do more or less whatever they want with it. If the earth is to survive the onslaught of our species, however, this social agreement about property to be rethought. Instead of focusing only on what is beneficial to one what about the well-being of the planet? Is there another alternative besides relating to "it" (we're talking about Mother Earth here!) as something for humans to exploit?

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate (Hardcover, 2019, Hodder & Stoughton) No rating

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through …

Again, I'm as biased as can be, but I believe somaforming is the most ethical option when it comes to setting foot off Earth. I'm an observer, not a conqueror. I have no interest in changing other worlds to suit me. I choose the lighter touch: changing myself to suit them.

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It seems inevitable that we will land on other worlds one day. I hope that we will be humble when we do.

After Geoengineering (Paperback, Verso) No rating

The window for action on climate change is closing rapidly. We are hurtling ever faster …

There's a lot of good explanations for methods to sequester and remove carbon here. Also some descriptions of "geoengineering", which I hadn't heard of previously. It reminds me of how India responds to the heat waves in the beginning of "Ministry For the Future" by increasing the reflectiveness of the atmosphere; it doesn't solve the problem, but it gains time for the solutions to take effect.