Hi There! What do I mean by Green? I mean ecologically concious living, working, and production of the things we cherish about life on earth, out of our everyday life experiences. Most of you understand that I am somewhat liberal, which lends itself to constructive change, which lends itself to wanting to help the environment and the humans in it.
I am also a Buddhist and that means that we are people who believe in the four elements, which most of us have never studied in great detail but is part of all of our thinking. From Wikipedia, * "...In the Pali literature, the mahabhuta ("great elements") or catudhatu ("four elements") are earth, water, fire and air. In early Buddhism, the four elements are a basis for understanding suffering and for liberating oneself from suffering. The earliest Buddhist texts explain that the four primary material elements are the sensory qualities solidity, fluidity, temperature, and mobility; their characterization as earth, water, fire, and air, respectively, is declared an abstraction—instead of concentrating on the fact of material existence, one observes how a physical thing is sensed, felt, perceived.
The Buddha's teaching regarding the four elements is to be understood as the base of all observation of real sensations rather than as a philosophy. The four properties are cohesion (water), solidity or inertia (earth), expansion or vibration (air) and heat or calorific content (fire). He promulgated a categorization of mind and matter as composed of eight types of "kalapas" (* "...Kalapas constitute a categorization of phenomena in the discourses of Buddhism. Kalapas are regarded as tiny particles that make up the fundamental units of matter and come into and out of existence many thousands of times per second. The Buddha's teaching regarding them is to be understood as the base of all observation of real sensations rather than as a philosophy. The earliest Buddhist texts explain that the four primary material elements are the sensory qualities solidity, fluidity, temperature, and mobility; their characterization as earth, water, fire, and air, respectively, is declared an abstraction -- instead of concentrating on the fact of material existence, one observes how a physical thing is sensed, felt, perceived. Color, smell, taste, and nutriment are secondary properties that derive from the primaries. The description of the four elements of earth, water, air and fire by the Buddha predates the similar description in ancient Greece. The Buddha sent 60 arahants[when?] to all known lands to spread his teachings.") of which the four elements are primary and a secondary group of four are color, smell, taste, and nutriment which are derivative from the four primaries.
The Buddha's teaching of the four elements does predate Greek teaching of the same four elements. This is possibly explained by the fact that he sent out 60 arahants to the known world to spread his teaching; however it differs in the fact that the Buddha taught that the four elements are false and that form is in fact made up of much smaller particles which are constantly changing.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (1997) renders an extract of Shakyamuni Buddha's from Pali into English thus:
Just as a skilled butcher or his apprentice, having killed a cow, would sit at a crossroads cutting it up into pieces, the monk contemplates this very body -- however it stands, however it is disposed -- in terms of properties: 'In this body there is the earth property, the liquid property, the fire property, & the wind property.'
So, in Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and many other teachings there is a respect for the fact that ALL OF US and everything are made up of the same elements.
It may sound like I joined the Navi in Pandora from the movie "Avatar", but their thinking isn't that far from Buddhist philosophy. We believe that we are all part of the same thing and made up of the same thing and this seems like something we were just born knowing. So, how can I kill another living thing? To eat, but give it the respect it deserves in sacrificing itself for us. I believe this is the basis of "saying grace" at the dinner table. Since we are all connected then, if I pollute or destroy anything, I am destroying or polluting myself.
I wish to give credit to all responsible, so I will say that Hindu and Sikh philosophies are also part of the same thinking. I imagine that if you thought the world was going to end any minute, as some religions teach, and that when you die you go somewhere else, then you wouldn't care as much as people who believe death is to be reborn and will be a continuation of life instead of the end of an old life. Here, the word "reborn" can be interpreted in a way that seems would make a BIG DIFFERENCE in how you view the amount of pollution of our planet.
* The four elements in Buddhism
< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element#Buddhist_elements >
* Kalapas < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalapas >