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Asoka Bandarage (Yale, Ph.D.) is the author of Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy (Palgrave MacMillan,2013) Ms. Bandarage is an associate of the Interfaith Moral Action on the Climate (IMAC), and has taught at Brandeis, Mount Holyoke, Georgetown, American and other universities.

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Good Governance in Sri Lanka

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:52 PM

The World Bank Group's Worldwide Governance Indicators are: voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and control of corruption. The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Presidential elections on January 8 is attributed to violations of these...

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Regime Change in Sri Lanka

(14) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 5:01 PM

The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Presidential elections on January 8 is hailed internationally as a victory for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and good governance. The Rajapkasa government (2005-2015) defeated the terrorist LTTE in 2009 ending the longest running conflict in...

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Proselytism or a Global Ethic?

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 5:03 PM

On March 4, the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, will hold a day-long Public Dialogue in Washington D.C. on the controversial topic of proselytism and global development. Three panels of religious leaders, development practitioners, and scholars will...

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'Change the System, Not the Climate!'

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:46 PM

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations known as COP 20 (Conference of Parties) was held in Lima, Peru from December 1-14. Delegates from 196 countries gathered and deliberated on the agenda to be presented at the United Nations climate treaty conference to be held in...

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Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:48 PM

The forces of negativity - repression, despair and apathy -- seem all too pervasive. Yet, the forces of positivity -- freedom, hope and courage -- are also ever-present. The 'Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis' gathering which convened on November 8, 2014 at the Cooper Union...

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Climate Change and the Smithsonian

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:14 PM

The premier "science museum" in the U.S., the Smithsonian, issued an official statement on climate change on Oct. 2, 2014. It states, "Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities." It goes...

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White House, Faith Leaders and Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:13 PM

On February 25, the White House convened a conference on environmental stewardship and climate change with leaders of religious communities from around the U.S. There was a noticeable absence of panelists representing some groups, such as the Native Americans, the Jews and the Buddhists. There were references to God's Earth...

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Climate, Civil Rights and Dr. King

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:18 PM

I participated in the "Poor People's March" organized by Dr. Martin Luther King and held in Washington D.C. in June 1968 in the aftermath of his assassination. I also participated in the "Pray in for Climate" organized by the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC) to honor the...

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Beyond COP 19: Accelerating Climate Protection

(47) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 12:41 PM

As the climate crisis intensifies, extreme weather events such as the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are becoming increasingly frequent. At the final hour, a compromise was reached between representatives of the developed and developing countries on a funding 'mechanism' to pay for climate-related 'loss and damage' at the...

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Women and Climate Action

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 4:18 PM

On Sept. 27, 2013, the latest Assessment Report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released, reaffirming anthropogenic global warming as "unequivocal," and calling for "substantial and sustained reductions" of greenhouse gas emissions. Many other scientific studies warn that in the years ahead global...

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The Great Meditation Teacher S.N. Goenka: A Student's Appreciation

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:15 PM

The Great Meditation Teacher S.N. Goenka: A Student's Appreciation

By Asoka Bandarage

I was born and raised in Sri Lanka as a Buddhist. However, it was only when I started doing vipassana, or insight meditation under the great meditation teacher S.N. (Satya Narayan) Goenka in 1987 that I...

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Climate, Consciousness and Action

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Released on Sept. 27, 2013, the latest Assessment Report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirms anthropogenic global warming to be "unequivocal", calling for "substantial and sustained reductions" of greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, studies by many other scientific bodies warn that due to global warming we...

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Marching for Environmental Justice

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 10:38 AM

On Aug. 28, 2013, people from diverse racial and ethno-religious backgrounds will come together to celebrate an American milestone: the 50th anniversary of the March for Justice and Freedom in Washington. This week's March takes place in the context of worsening worldwide ecological and social destruction. As such, we are...

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A Post-nature, Post-human world?

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 11:41 AM

A post-nature, post-human world?

The self-styled 'Avatar Project', championed by Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, prophesizes that by the year 2045 scientists will have the ability to transfer human consciousness and personality to non-biological carriers, thus facilitating a kind of immortality. As a mark of its progress, Avatar contributed the main...

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Facing the Climate Crisis

(70) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 2:03 PM

On May 9th, NOAA reported a significant milestone: CO2 emissions had crossed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level not seen for three million years. Although this figure has since been revised to 399.89 ppm, even this lower number paints a grim picture. Heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions are...

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Killing Fields: Agrochemicals and Kidney Disease

(8) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 7:02 PM

In 1962, Rachel Carson warned in Silent Spring that "For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death." Today, the cycle of poison created by chemical agriculture envelops all...

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No to the Keystone Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 7:16 PM

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has declared the reality of global warming "unequivocal." Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies have found that the temperature of the Earth is reaching a level "not seen in thousands of years" and increasing at...

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