The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the ARRRC – an interfaith group active on climate change issues in Australia – will be jointly launching the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit on Wednesday, 17 August.
2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again. It will be without precedent: the first time that we’ve seen three consecutive record-breaking hot years.
But it’s just happenstance that the calendar year begins in January, and so it’s also informative to compare all yearlong periods. In doing so, it becomes clear that we’re living in astonishingly hot times.
June 2015 through May 2016 was the hottest 12-month period on record. That was also true of May 2015 through April 2016, and the 12 months ending in March 2016. In fact, it’s true for every 12 months going all the way back to the period ending in September 2015, according to global surface temperature data supplied by NASA. We just set the record for hottest year in each of the past 9 months.
This image released by NASA’s Earth Observatory Team from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, shows the land surface temperature as observed by MODIS in Asia between April 15 to April 23, 2016. Yellow shows the warmest temperatures. Photograph: AP
Climate Action Kit Launch
The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) would like to invite you to a joint Launch of The Buddhist Climate Action Kit. Written by Buddhists for Buddhists, the kits are a comprehensive guide to aligning communities with principles of sustainability, connection with nature and climate action.
* Ven Change ji, Dharma Drumm Mountain Buddhist Association USA Centre
* Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins
* Ven Boonsom, Chair of the Buddhist Council of Victoria
Date: Wednesday 17 August 2016
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Melbourne Thai Buddhist Temple, 489 Elgar Road, Box Hill
More information: 0411 883 988