4 Noble Truths of Climate Change

1 Castle Green, Pentrecagal, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, SA38 9HY
1 Castle Green Pentrecagal SA38 9HY GB

We are just ordinary people who have been taking environmental problems especially climate change seriously for 20 years or more. We started off by leaving our old lives working for companies and academia, we walked away. We have pioneered not only low carbon livings and livelihoods but have always been working on projects which will create pathways for more people.

We learnt many lessons living in rural housing cooperatives, setting up a rural skills school and being involved in direct actions such as climate camp. Four Noble Truths includes all that we have learnt as well as many inspiring projects that have worked across the world and through the ages: Sarvodaya village project in Sri Lanka, the Civilian Conservation Corps and our most recent climate change movement Climate Camp.

Buddhas Principles and especially the teaching of the four noble truths is the frame work for understanding the problems and taking action to solve them. The fundamental truth that suffering is our attachment to individuality, personality and a self. Understanding this frees us to act on problems beyond our perceived self interest. This is what four noble truths of climate change is all about. We also have a practical skills training project called Rural Skills Trust.

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Becoming a Pioneer

The need to walk away…


Many of us know that our world is going wrong from the crazy economics to our reckless attitude to nature and its consequences of climate change and social inequality. But what do we do about it? To create a better world the priority is not the implementation of a new system though that is necessary; it is a refusal to cooperate with the harmful structures that are already in place. The question beckons: how do we do that considering the average lives we lead now. We need to walk away from our old lives and pioneer a new one.

It may only take a small proportion of us to start driving a social movement for change, one that can reform society, economy and the law. The crunch is that enough of us need to walk away, because unless you are rich the current economic system pulls you back in to provide for your basic needs. This inadvertently makes you part of the problem. To change the system you cannot be immersed in the system.

The problem we have been addressing is where do people go when they start getting it and want to start changing their lives and walk away. Is there a practical path that any person can choose right now? What are the first steps? Where are the open doors? What is the deal?

Are we talking about escaping the ‘rat race‘ and setting up a self sufficient rural idyll, a simple life in the country. No we are not. If you have capital for property some people do this as a life style choice, as an end in itself. We are talking about being part of a collective which is landbased and enables us to have the freedom to engage in radical change. Working together and understanding what we are doing and why we are doing it.


But you say, group projects go wrong, best escape by yourself and interact in networks as individuals. In this way you will always set yourself up as an individual and you will not be able to cooperate on a level needed for real change. In this mode we tend to support the status quo without even realising it. By working with those around us and seeing them as ordinary people like ourselves we can build on our emotional intelligence and maturity that can get us through day to day conflict and disagreement. It is challenging but projects such as the Civilian Conservation Corps and Sarvodaya village project tell us that the best way of getting to know each other and getting things done is to work on practical projects as well as work on our own mind-made views which influence our attitudes and actions.

We are not offering a dispensation (a path to enlightenment) but we are guided by the wisdom of the Buddha and believe the teachings of anatta, (non self) and that we are all the same and connected are the essential understandings that drives us to act in solving problems bigger than ourselves. By using these social teachings of the Buddha in a similar way to the Sarvodaya village project in Sri Lanka we can work together to change our lives, the country and the world.


What You Can Do

We are asking you to read the contents of our website (4Nobletruths.org) and reflect on it, print it out, read it again.Contact us via email if you have questions and wish to talk. If you are interested then ask to visit or book on a practical course with ruralskillstrrust.org (which is our sister project) Check for upcoming events. We can give presentations and talks on this project on invitation.