Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Philosophy and Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
The 2015 United Nations' Paris Climate Agreement signed by 191 parties and the 1997
The Kyoto Protocol currently agreed to by 192 international parties, state that the fate of
humanity depends on its ability to recognize its self-destructive actions and act rapidly to reverse
their effects (UNFCC, 1). Throughout our time on earth, the same internal struggles and external
battles have persisted and continue to repeat. It is only recently that these battles have begun
impacting everyone and everything on earth in way that must be urgently addressed for survival.
These events have always been detrimental to our internal struggles but are now excreting their
harmfulness to every living sentient and non-sentient being on the planet and the earth itself. As
the Paris Agreement entails, the only hope for human survival is to cease the destructive actions
being done to the planet and its inhabitants. It is argued below that knowing and applying the
core values of Buddhism can help create the radical collective shift necessary for the health of
Rohrkasse, Alexa Rae, "Buddhist Environmentalism:How Buddhist Values and Practices offer Hope for Escaping the Climate Crisis" (2021). Honors Theses. 430.