Daoist Reactions To Current Energy Crisis

Submitted by tyler_9110 on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:57
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I'm fairly new to Daoism and a colleague of mine asked me the following question: How would a Daoist react to our current energy crisis and what would be a Daoist way of dealing with it.

I assumed that Daoists would see the energy crisis (running out of non renewable recourses while polluting the environment) in a very negative light because it's not balancing nature. We're removing things from the earth and harming nature with them. Would things like solar power, windmills, and hydro power be considered pro-daoist? And are there other ways Daoists would try to respond to the energy crisis?

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I don't want to blow my own

Submitted by James Miller on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 17:05.

I don't want to blow my own horn, but a number of scholars met to discuss these kinds of issues and came up with the book that I co-edited, entitled Daoism and Ecology (Harvard 2001) . There's an interesting chapter at the end where contemporary practitioners discuss how they see Daoism relating to these questions. For more information on how the Chinese Daoist Association sees these issues you can visit my blog http://www.sustainablechina.info