From the Climate Action Team

Changing for the Welfare of the World

Lotus blossom

“The interdependent and interrelated nature of existence is an argument that few will contest. It is a truth affirmed by the expanding horizons of our understanding of existence. Much less attention, however, is given to our moral obligations in an interdependent world. In the Hindu view, each one has a moral obligation to contribute to the sustenance of the whole of which (we) are a part and which makes existence possible. The Bhagavadgītā (3:12) speaks of a thief as one who enjoys what is received from creation without giving back anything.” [1]

“Climate change creates pain, suffering, and violence. Unless we change how we use energy, how we use the land, how we grow our crops, how we treat other animals, and how we use natural resources, we will only further this pain, suffering, and violence. On a personal basis, we can reduce this suffering by beginning to transform our habits, simplifying our lives and material desires, and not taking more than our reasonable share of resources.” [2]

How do you understand your moral obligation to the interdependent web of existence? Imagine work you could do that could be a form of worship or care taking of “the whole of which we are a part”? What will this work be?

[1] Rambachan, Anantanand. “Worship, the Public Good, and Self-Fulfillment: Hindu Perspective on Calling.” Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. 116.
[2] Hindu Declaration on Climate Change at