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Environmentalism is second nature for Chicago Buddhists

In recent months, leaders of the world’s major religions have been speaking up more and more about the dangers of climate change. And just this week, President Obama talked about it when he released his Clean Energy Plan, saying,” We only get one planet...there is no Plan B”. In June, Pope Francis released a papal encyclical where he warned that a warming world would hit the poor the hardest. And he talked more broadly about environmentalism in pretty stark terms. He wrote, “The world, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” The Dalai Lama has also been vocal about global warming and the environment for years, and this spring released a statement about how much carbon dioxide should be in the atmosphere. Of course, it’s not just world religious leaders, but local leaders as well. One person that signed on to the Dalai Lama’s recent statement is Taigen Dan Leighton, a Buddhist priest here in Chicago at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, a temple in North Center. And he joins us to talk about the Buddhist perspective on climate change and the environment. (Flickr/ancientdragonzengate)

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