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Love Letter to the Earth is Thich Nhat Hanh’s passionate appeal for
ecological mindfulness and the strengthening of our relationship to the Earth.
While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging
from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich
Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping
point. He believes that we need to move beyond the concept of the "environment,"
as it leads people to experience themselves and Earth as two separate entities
and to see the planet only in terms of what it can do for them. Thich Nhat Hanh
points to the lack of meaning and connection in peoples' lives as being the
cause of our addiction to consumerism. He deems it vital that we recognize and
respond to the stress we are putting on the Earth if civilization is to survive.
Rejecting the conventional economic approach, Nhat Hanh shows that mindfulness
and a spiritual revolution are needed to protect nature and limit climate
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known Zen Buddhist teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include "The World We Have" and "Peace Is Every Step." He lives in Plum Village, in Southwest France, where he gardens, writes and teaches the art of mindful living.
"We have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. Our own life has to be our message." - Thich Nhat Hanh in "A Love Letter To The Earth"
"Thich Nhat Hanh addresses the root cause of the environmental crisis and, in doing so, offers a roadmap to an entirely new dream of the Earth." -- Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society, author of "The Serpent and the Rainbow"
"Thich Nhat Hanh makes an eloquent, uplifting, and urgent call to recognize that our health and happiness are inextricably tied to Mother Earth and all of our kin, the other species that make up the web of life. We need this great wisdom if we are to move from our destructive path." -- David Suzuki, author of "The Sacred Balance"
"John Muir wrote that ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.’ In this clear-eyed, loving paean, Thich Nhat Hanh illuminates both our connection and our responsibility to the beautiful planet we call home.”—Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, author of Coming Clean
"Understanding our unbreakable connection to the abstraction we call 'the environment' really is the first step to sensible action. In that sense, this is a very practical book!" -- Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth" and "The End of Nature"