Buddhist Environmental Groups? You would just bet that that was the case

Given the nature of the religion, more accurately called a way of life, you would think that there would be a lot of groups with this point of view. I found a few:


Environment / ecology

  • Dharma Gaia Trust -The mission is to nurture awareness of the complementarity of Buddhism and ecology through generating funds for Buddhist-inspired ecological projects in Asia and the developing world.
  • Earth Sangha [U.S.] – Founded in 1998 as a nonsectarian, nonprofit Buddhist environmental organization, our mission is to encourage the practice of Buddhism as an answer to the global environmental crisis, and to do practical conservation work of a kind that expresses the Buddhist ideal of compassion for all beings.
  • Zen Environmental Studies Center[U.S.] – Formed in 1992 to coordinate Zen Mountain Monastery’s activities in the areas of environmental eduation, recreation, research, and protection.

I apologize for the link to the Dharma Gaia Trust above, I am using a new editing system because of problems with my Internet Explorer. I tried twice to get it right because the source text is not an accurate link but I failed. So here it is:


As with the Muslims, Harvard appears to have become a leader in the link between religion and the Environment. Maybe they can shame the world into stopping BURNING the world up! As always the link between burning fossil fuels and the Environment is absolute.



Environmentalists always have pretty pictures.
Buddhist Engaged Projects

Alliance of Religion and Conservation (ARC)

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a secular group that helps the world’s major religions develop their own environmental programs based on their core teachings, beliefs, and practices. ARC links religions with key environmental organizations, creating powerful alliances between religious communities and conservation groups. The Alliance works with eleven major religions (Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism) as well as the key traditions or denominations within each tradition. ARC recognizes the crucial role that the world’s religions play in addressing the environmental crisis: the eleven religions participating in the Alliance own seven percent of the habitable surface of the planet; if they invested together, they would be the world’s third largest identifiable block of holders of stocks and shares. Combined, these religions reach out to every village and town, have the trust of more people than any other national or international group, and their followers constitute at least two-thirds of the world’s population. By drawing on holy books, sacred sites, traditional farming, education networks, media, and the assets of the religions, ARC helps create environmental projects such as forest management, organic farming, alternative energy, socially responsible investing, educational projects, sacred nature reserves, urban planning, and professional development. Current ARC projects include the founding of an International Interfaith Investment Group (3iG) with the intention of working with the investment arms of religions to create models for positive investment. The aim of this project is for each religion to assess its portfolios with due regard to its beliefs, values, the environment, and human rights “so that all life on Earth can benefit.” Another major initiative, the Asian-Buddhist Network, enables Buddhists from all corners of Asia to share their experiences with environmental projects within their communities.

Other Buddhist Environmental Resources and Links

Nuclear Guardianship Project (NGP): General Information
Nuclear Guardianship Project (NGP): Library
Pitaka: Academic Buddhist Resources
Shin Dharmanet

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