As human beings reach further into space, so do the environmental issues that people bring with them. Examples of environmental problems beyond Earth include the mass of space junk that orbits our planet, the mining on the moon that NASA will support by the year 2024, and a human presence on Mars by 2040.
In response, Buddhism possesses some environmental tools that proactively can help us to counteract ecological difficulties in space, such as the vivid values of do no harm, compassion, and lovingkindness. In a stimulating, forward-looking discussion Dr. Dan Capper of buddhismandspace.org will walk us through various space environmental issues as well as possible Buddhist reactions to them. Hopefully, in whatever world people visit, they will tread in an ecologically responsible way, and Buddhist principles can help to ensure this outcome.
About Daniel Capper
Daniel Capper, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, is a specialist within religious studies on Buddhism, science, and the environment. With degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, he has published the books Guru Devotion and the American Buddhist Experience, Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature, and Roaming Free like a Deer: Buddhism and the Natural World. Currently he is working on a research project regarding American Buddhist environmental ethics in space, as evidenced by his web site https://www.buddhismandspace.org/