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Join Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, David Loy, and Others Pledging Pipeline Resistance

As BPFer Taigen Dan Leighton mentioned in his climate change rally reportback, the decision to approve or stop the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction on US soil rests entirely in the hands of one person: President Obama.  Congress does not have a say.  But perhaps we, the people in the US, do.

That is, if we’re willing to take some risks and make some sacrifices.

As the fateful Executive choice approaches, Buddhists including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, David Loy, and others are signing a pledge to join in civil disobedience if Obama does indeed indicate, in this summer’s draft of the National Interest Determination, that he intends to proceed with construction.  (For the record: I predict that he will.)

I pledge, if necessary, to join others in my community, and engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in my arrest in order to send the message to President Obama and his administration that they must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

You can join by signing the pledge here, and feel free to share your thoughts in comments.  What do you think it will take to stop this pipeline?

Top photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

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Comments (2)

  • jon varney

    Although I heartily agree with the necessity to confront unreasoned power with civil disobediance, I think that the first rational step is to observe and appropriately alter one’s own behavior before projecting outwardly what others should or should not do. In that spirit, I think Mr. Loy should consider the degree to which his excessive travel schedule on aircraft contributes to the problem that he wishes to solve.

    I find this to be the contradictory case these days… many chiefs who want the notoriety of heroic leadership yet they themselves need to be schooled in the basics, of not just the issues, but in the self reflective attitude that might lead to the kind of leadership where example becomes the most powerful lever in the warriors tool box.

    For example, the scholar/activist David Korten no longer travels for speaking engagements due to the effects of his actions on the environment. We could use more leaders and less heroes. Localism is our future, not the same old stuff of the ego.

  • nathan

    I don’t agree with the idea that we should all essentially stay put because of things like jet fuel. Individual decisions are important, but are never enough. You seem to assume that Mr. Loy, for example, hasn’t made changes in his life that support the planet. Perhapd he has reduced his daily driving or stopped purchasing piles of plastic items. Choosing a single individual lens to suggest someone isn’t an environmental leader is problematic at best. Furthermore, there’s a certain purity thing amongst some environmentalists that is troubling. The sense that you have to always buy organic or fair trade, or that you should be driving hybids or have your home made totally green. All of this kind of stuff has major class issues behind it. Keeping it local can actually be way expensive. If your poor or working class, sometimes you can only afford some cheap made in China product. And yet, there are plenty of “leaders” that don’t have pure looking lives. They do their best with what they have, and that coming from deep self reflection, amongst. Could someone like Prof. Loy travel less? Probably. But his traveling less really doesn’t – in and of itself – make him a leader. I have never owned a car. Have never even gotten a drivers license. One of the main reasons is environmental. But seriously, does that decision make me a leader? It definitely makes me stand out, given that I’m past my 20s now. But all things considered, I don’t think I am a leader because of that.

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