Shinnyo-en Participates at Inner Dimensions of Climate Change Conference

September 07, 2011
Rishikesh, India

On September 7-12, 2011 two members of the Shinnyo-en head temple staff participated in a conference,The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change, held in Rishikesh, India, and sponsored byThe Global Peace Initiative of Women. Approximately 35 attendees from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan, India, Korea, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan, aged in their 20s and 30s, participated, representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Muslim and Christian traditions.

Discussions covered changes in the environment, particularly those most urgently related to water, drought, and floods in Asia. These discussions were complemented by other meetings led by spiritual leaders focused on how spiritual organizations should respond to these environmental factors with changes in mindset, attitudes, and behaviors. A keynote presentation and discussion was led by Dr. Vandana Shiva, the internationally renowned physicist and environmental activist, who spoke about her work focused on the fundamental connections between human rights and protection of the environment, with a particular focus on chemical-free agriculture and natural seeds. The conference concluded with a resolve to pursue country-specific initiatives.