Earth Initiative

Green Dragon Earth Initiative

In partnership with the Sacred People, Sacred Earth global action of GreenFaith and NY Renews, the MRO Earth Initiative is asking all sangha members to join in taking immediate action to reduce carbon emissions and ensure a just transition to a renewable energy economy.

In New York State you can help by asking your legislators to join in supporting the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). The CCIA is the funding mechanism for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) that passed it 2019. The CCIA will ensure that NYS achieves net zero greenhouse gas emissions through a just transition.

The bill will be revised and introduced by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Senator Kevin Parker; we are asking you to contact your representatives, urge them to become co-sponsors, and to contact Senator Parker or Assemblyman Cahill for the Bill’s latest language. If Cahill or Parker are your representative, thank them for becoming the lead sponsor. Instructions in this document, get creative! You can make an art postcard, call their office, or send an email.Actions update instructions here!

More about the NYS Climate & Community Investment Act: Background from NYRenews

CCIA Bill Summary 12.7.20    EI Slides: Faith Day of Action

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Arising from profound love and deep respect for the earth, the Green Dragon Earth Initiative is an ongoing effort by the sangha of the Mountains and Rivers Order to address the individual, institutional, national and global degradation of our planet. Recognizing that all life springs forth from an intricate, causally-related web of interdependence, every action intended to benefit one part must benefit the whole. This Initiative thus focuses on the whole of the Earth, its creatures, and human society. Issues of social and environmental justice are also within the scope of this Initiative.

Through regular meetings and action events, MRO sangha members are invited to meet at Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City to gather and share information about, and organize responses to, those issues involving the health of the planet that seem most urgent. The Initiative is part and parcel with a broader Dharma Action Initiative that attempts to take on a variety of social and economic issues effecting our communities, our country, and our world.

The Earth Initiative includes:

  • Clarifying our understanding of the nature of the self and its relationship to the Earth through traditional study of Buddhist teachings, practice and training
  • Reducing the ecological footprints of Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City
  • Examining and adjusting individual life choices to improve our impact on our planet
  • Community action
  • Policy making (at the local, state, national, and global levels)
  • Identifying global systems and their interdependence
  • Education about relevant issues
  • Challenging cultural assumptions that undermine sustainability

The countenance of the mountains is completely different when we are in the world gazing off at the mountains, and when we are in the mountains meeting the mountains.
Mountains & Rivers Sutra, Master Dogen


One modest, yet important, thing we can all do is to not only cut down on our use of plastics but to make every effort to recycle plastic items whenever possible. For that reason we are happy to share this guide to plastics recycling in New York State.

Plastic Bags and Plastic Film Recycling Guide