What can we do as individuals to reduce global warming?

(Please note: This document is somewhat rough and far from comprehensive. It’s designed simply to stimulate some ideas for action.)

Assembled by Myra Armstrong and Jon Nimitz


The Earth Holder community in our tradition has been formed to apply Thay’s deep teachings about falling in love with Mother Earth, mindful living, and compassionate action to the climate crisis in order to heal and transform individual, collective, and planetary suffering. Articles are available at earthholder.training including the Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet, which lists many actions individuals can take to help the environment. The Earth Holder Community holds an online Sangha meeting the second Sunday of each month from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Pacific time. 

As you may know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was started in 1988, to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. It provides detailed reports on the current state of climate science, measurements, predictions, and policy recommendations. These reports are available at ipcc.ch/reports.

The bestselling 2017 book Drawdown by Paul Hawken reviews the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. It is available both in print and audio form from the Albuquerque Public Library. 

“World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” (Note: This may be one of the most important things you have ever read.) More than 11,000 scientists have signed this statement. They say: We suggest six critical and interrelated steps (in no particular order) that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change.” These six steps include 

  • quickly implementing massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and replacing fossil fuels with renewables
  • reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants including methane, soot, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). 
  • protecting and restoring earth’s ecosystems
  • eating mostly plant-based foods
  • limiting excessive extraction of materials and overexploitation of ecosystems to maintain long-term sustainability of the biosphere
  • stabilizing the world population
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Nov 17, 2019 — Meeting on what we can do as individuals to reduce global warming

Dear Friends,

Please join us this coming Sunday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Zen Center (AZC), 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. At each weekly meeting, you’re welcome to come early and join us for some herbal tea and socializing starting at 4:30 p.m.

Thay has said in his calligraphy “I am in love with Mother Earth”

Thay’s Mindfulness Trainings remind us to do our part in reducing unnecessary consumption and reversing the process of global warming.

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Reducing home energy use

Hello, Rainbow Friends,
When we think about the climate crisis, we know that we as individuals need to do as much as possible to reduce our our carbon footprint, our consumption of energy from fossil fuel. “Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame.” from https://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition/ You can learn your own carbon footprint here: https://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator

Home energy use and transportation energy use are the major contributors to our carbon footprint. Today, I focus on  HOME ENERGY USE:

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April 23, 2018 – Mother Earth

Dear Sangha
Please join us this coming Monday when we are fortunate to have Myra and Bee lead as we celebrate Earth Day 2018. We have a deep connection to our Mother Earth – we totally interare with the earth, yet as we look around us we are doing a good job of destroying those things we should be preserving. We are, for the most part, not leaving sustainable lives, we are not protecting wild places, and not moving toward renewable energy sources as fast as we should. We have a wasteful, throw-away culture.  As Thay says, “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.” Please see https://earthholder.org/personal-commitment/  for the Earth Holder Personal Commitment form or download a PDF version. Please make your own copy if you need one. Continue reading