Environmentalist Speaks at Institute of Oriental Philosophy Symposium
From March 19 - 20, 2010, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 26th academic symposium in Tokyo, Japan.
On March 20, environmentalist Ernst von Weizsäcker, nephew of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker and a member of the Club of Rome, spoke at the symposium held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku.
In his lecture, Professor Weizsäcker focused on sustainable development and climate change and stressed the need for states and civil societies to collaborate and share accurate and current information with one another if they are to find solutions to these pressing issues.
Professor Weizsäcker also emphasized that military conflicts can result from resource scarcity and that an ethics and politics of sustainability needs to be developed to deal with this potentiality. Calling for solidarity within society, Professor Weizsäcker conveyed his great hope in Buddhist philosophy as a way to unite people.
[Adapted from an article in the March 21, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and a summary from the Institute of Oriental Philosophy; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]