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Climate change and carbon emissions: scientific context for local carbon mitigation initiatives at Gomde UK Buddhist Centre
Thanks to the help of a friend and supporter Murray Rudd, we are able to provide a paper which covers the scientific context for local carbon mitigation initiatives at Gomde UK. Here, you can access the full paper; we outline the key sections below.

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A brief summary of the Paper
1. Carbon emissions and climate – does society really face a climate emergency?
The level of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere and global mean surface temperatures are both rising rapidly. While the atmosphere had undergone great fluctuations in the past, humans were not around to experience them. In this first part of our carbon and climate backgrounder, we take a quick look at why these changes, arising from humans’ burning fossil fuel, are an emergency.

2. How can society control carbon emissions? With the risks that climate change poses to society, the natural question is ‘what can we do about it?’ In the second part of our climate backgrounder, we briefly highlight some of the technological, ecological, government, and social responses that could potentially help address the climate emergency.

3. Can society curtail emissions enough to handle the climate emergency? In the third part of our carbon and climate backgrounder, we see that even with full implementation of all feasible measures society can take now, there is still going to be too much carbon emitted to stop global warming. Something more will be needed to address this ‘emissions gap.’

4. Everyone from individuals to governments will need to take responsibility for helping to control global warming. Local action will be needed to solve a global challenge. The scientific and technical overviews in the first three parts of our background have set the scene for the specific efforts that Gomde UK has taken, and will take in the future, to reduce its carbon footprint.

5 Personal values – the extra step needed to help address the climate emergency.
To reduce carbon emissions and warming risks to acceptable levels, all tools that can be implemented will need to be implemented. Because those are not sufficient, however, there also needs to be an evolution in worldviews, and changes in behaviour that help bridge the emissions gap. Buddhism has much to say about attachment, happiness, and suffering, so naturally, this implies that there may be uniquely Buddhist responses to the climate emergency.
About Murray Rudd
Murray is an environmental economist and policy researcher by training. He has broad career experience in the private sector, with 12-yrs in fisheries and aquaculture production in Canada and Southeast Asia, 5-yrs in government as a senior economist with Fisheries & Oceans Canada, and 15-years in academia. Murray has held academic positions in Canada (Memorial), the UK (York), the USA (Emory), and Sweden (the UN’s World Maritime University), where most recently he was a Professor and Nippon Foundation Chair in Sustainable Ocean Governance & Marine Management. Murray’s research focused on sustainable ocean management and on the role environmental science plays in public policy (a publication list is available here). While traveling through Tibet in 2010, Murray discovered that he was a Buddhist; fortunately for him, he was living in York at that time and by 2011 had connected with the people just down the road at Gomde UK. Murray left academia in 2019 to return home to Canada, where he now lives in rural Nova Scotia.

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