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World Environment Day Embraced in Scientology Churches Worldwide
Scientology Churches everywhere are holding green-themed community forums June 5 designed to encourage environmental responsibility and assure the planet’s future ecological survival.
This year’s World Environment Day motto is, “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.” This simple but powerful message encourages people to rethink their lifestyles and, through conscious consumer decisions, decrease humanity’s collective impact on nature’s resources.
In its World Environment Day launch, the United Nations Environment Programme imparts the lesson that if today’s unsustainable consumption and production patterns persist, by 2050 we will have bankrupted the planet; it will take the Earth three years to regenerate the resources we use in a single year.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his World Environment Day Message for 2015, emphasized this point: “The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation, and without compromising the resource needs of future generations.”
Scientologists see today’s environmental problems as a moral issue, believing increased morality to be the essential factor in resolving this and the many other crises faced by the human family—that working to increase environmental responsibility without addressing morality in general would be an exercise in futility.
In 1981, when Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote his famous nonreligious moral code The Way to Happiness, he emphasized environmental responsibility as a key aspect of moral behavior. He included “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment”
“The idea that one has a share in the planet and that one can and should help care for it may seem very large and, to some, quite beyond reality,” he wrote, “but today what happens on the other side of the world, even so far away, can affect what happens in your own home.
“Cut down too many forests, foul too many rivers and seas, mess up the atmosphere and we have had it. The surface temperature can go roasting hot, the rain can turn to sulfuric acid. All living things could die.”
The book further points out that “Care of the planet begins in one’s own front yard.”
Those in attendance at the Church’s World Environment Day events were introduced to The Way to Happiness and a curriculum created for educators, teachers and community leaders to use the book, its public service announcements and the feature-length The Way to Happiness book-on-film to enlighten their friends, families and communities. This gives a simple tool to anyone wishing to create a saner, more ethical world.
The Way to Happiness, now published in 112 languages, has brought calm to communities torn by violence, peace to areas ravaged by civil strife and self-respect to millions of individuals—
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