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Daoists pledge to protect sacred landscapes

August 22, 2006:

The new Tiejieshu Ecological Daoist Temple, built at the foot of Taibai Mountain, on a popular pilgrimage route

Last month Daoist monks and nuns representing ten temples in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces signed a commitment, known as the Qinling Declaration, to protect the environment around their sacred lands and buildings. It is hoped that this will be a model for future declarations by both Daoists and Buddhists in China, to preserve some of the country’s most sacred landscapes, which are currently under severe threat from pollution, development and uncontrolled tourism.

The Daoist monks and nuns also decided to form a “Daoist Temple Alliance on Ecology Education” and agreed to send representatives regularly to workshops and to share their experiences – their problems and their successes – in protecting China’s sacred Daoist landscapes.

The Qinling Declaration and the formation of this new alliance were the culmination of an extremely successful Workshop on Daoism and Conservation held at the new Tiejieshu Ecological Daoist Temple at the foot of Taibai Mountain near Xian in central China. The temple and workshop were made possible through an unprecedented collaboration between the Daoist monks of Louguantai, local government, ARC, WWF International, and our generous Dutch sponsors including the Ecological Management Foundation (EMF).

LINKS

Link to the July 2006 Workshop on Daoism and Conservation.

Link to the Qinling Declaration, July 26 2006

We promise to...
* bring ecological education into temples
* reduce pollution caused by incense burners etc
* use farmed land sustainably.
* protect species and forests.
* save energy.
* protect water resources.
Qinling Declaration
Link to the Daoist Statement on the Environment, made in 1995.

Link to further information about Daoist beliefs.

Link to presentation in Chinese about Daoism and the Environment by Professor Fan Guiching: 西北道教生态保护实例展示

Link to presentation in Chinese about ARC's projects by Dr He Xiaoxing: 环境保护的意念和项目

Link to presentation in Chinese by Dr He Xiaoxing about the potential for Daoists to help the environment: 古老智慧和新角色:道教和环境保护



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