Dear Dharma Drink Friends,
Can you believe what we're experiencing in this world? Well maybe not in NY specifically but there are tectonic events happening globally.
- Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, is the STRONGEST storm on record to occur east of Florida in the Atlantic.
- Amazon is ablaze. Per National Geographic: "The Amazon is burning at record rates—and deforestation is to blame. The blazes are so huge that smoke can be seen from space, and experts say the fires could have major climate impacts."
- BIGGER FIRE in Africa (1) or world's largest forest in Siberia has been on fire for months (2)?
- Greenland glacier MELTING AT RECORD rate (3)? Overwhelmed scientist Steffen Olsen documents his experience with video (3) and interview (4).
- June had the hottest global temperature since recording began 140 years ago.
- - - this can go on and on and on... (links toward the end)
NOTE: FYI ONLY - NOT A MEETUP
NY Insight is hosting a discussion Friday evening and Saturday, featuring Bhikkhu Bodhi and other speakers.
- Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Saturday Daylong: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Kristin Barker, Reverend Damon Mkandawire, Reverend Massango R. Warakula, Stephen Roylance and Regina Valdez
- Saturday: $65-$125
NY Insight: "NY Anthropocene: /ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn/ “The period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.”
"Wildfires in the west, flooding in the northeast, extensive groundwater loss in India and droughts in Central America that prompt thousands of small farmers to flee the countryside in an exodus of survival. These are just a few examples of suffering from man-made climate change. There has to be something we can do, but what? The answers are different for everyone, but they all stem from the place of action, or, Right Action."
"Right Action, as part of the Noble Eightfold Path, describes a way of living that is committed to refraining from harming living beings and taking what’s not given. How can we apply this moral concept to our lives when so much of how we live is predicated on modes of harm: driving increases carbon emissions, raising cattle for human consumption and even growing rice increases atmospheric methane concentrations? Heating and cooling our homes, using plastic bags when we buy our groceries–all these actions drive us ever closer to the tipping point of climate change. What, then, is the ‘right way’ to live in the Anthropocene?"
"We’ll begin with a panel discussion Friday night with leaders at the forefront of the climate emergency. They’ll help us understand our part in global warming and what we can do about it. On Saturday we’ll deepen our understanding and hear from activists in the field. We’ll also hear from climate leaders in Africa, in Zambia and Zimbabwe, on how the actions of the global north are affection billions in the global south."
"Join us for this important event as we explore the causes and conditions that have brought us to this place in time, the dukkha of extinction and human suffering, and the solutions that we can bring to bear in this critical time of our world."
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(3) video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGKH_evi5Mo