Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Philosophy and Religious Studies


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Ronald Green


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

our planet.