An Assessment of Climate Engineering from a Buddhist Perspective


  • Till Markus University of Bremen, Germany (Law Faculty)
  • Bhikkhu Vivekānanda Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center
  • Mark Lawrence Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)



Buddhist perspective on mankind’s relationship with nature, Buddhism and environmental conservation, Buddhist ethics applied to climate engineering, interdependence and karma in the environmental context


This article expounds a Buddhist perspective on the rapidly emerging topic of Climate Engineering, i.e. the deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the environment as a proposed means to counteract anthropogenic climate change or some of its specific aspects like global mean temperature increase. It sets the stage with two orthogonal aspects: an overview of the topic of Climate Engineering, and a broader analysis of the Buddhist perspective on mankind’s relationship with nature. Linking these together, we show that as one of the world’s major faiths, Buddhism can provide valuable insights and perspectives for the evolving global discourse on Climate Engineering methods, and that it advocates some basic requirements concerning their further development and possible future deployment.

Author Biographies

Till Markus, University of Bremen, Germany (Law Faculty)

Faculty of Law, Senior Legal Researcher

Bhikkhu Vivekānanda, Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center

Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center

Mark Lawrence, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany


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How to Cite

Markus, T., Vivekānanda, B., & Lawrence, M. (2018). An Assessment of Climate Engineering from a Buddhist Perspective. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 12(1), 8–33.