This week Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and geneticist/ecologist David Suzuki met at the University of British Colombia and talked about despair. More specifically, they discussed human-caused climate change and our inability to face the problem and do something to stop it.
As described by James Hoggan, the talk touched on our consumerist culture, climate change denial, and mistrust in government. Even if we knew what steps to take to slow the pace of climate change, the barriers to actually doing anything seem overwhelming. According to Douglas Todd, much of the conversation was about how to overcome despair. You can watch the conversation at Vimeo.com.
Certainly Buddhist practice can overcome personal despair, but can that save the planet?