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by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

  1. To abstain from all evil (application of the stick)
    1. Rescind subsidies to fossil fuel corporations
    2. Impose a carbon tax to ensure costs of fossil fuel extraction and pollution are built into the market price of carbon
    3. Reject trade agreements that allow corporations to prevail over sovereign governments
    4. Reject Keystone XL pipeline and other mega-oil pipelines
    5. Prohibit oil trains (“train bombs”), a danger to communities along the routes
    6. Shift away from model of industrial agriculture (including intensive livestock breeding), responsible for 30-32% of global carbon emissions
  2. To cultivate the good (offering carrots)
    1. Provide subsidies and low-interest loans to clean, renewable energy projects
    2. Finance refurbishing of old buildings to make them energy-efficient
    3. Promote mass production of electric and hybrid cars
    4. Develop better, more efficient means of public transportation to replace the private automobile
    5. Promote agro-ecological models to replace industrial agriculture
  3. To purify one’s own mind
    1. Develop contentment, the basis for a steady-state economy based on the principle of sufficiency, dedicated to qualitative growth rather than endless production and consumption
    2. Utilize wisdom, to understand the long-range and long-term consequences of our actions, rooted in the subtle interconnections of diverse chains of causality
    3. Arouse a heart of compassion, extending loving concern to all people everywhere on earth, based on deep inner identification and respect for human dignity
    4. Advocate for justice, to establish the necessary social, economic, and political institutions, laws, and modes of governance that offer everyone the conditions needed to unfold their potentials and realize their best aspirations