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 change.
Love Letter to the Earth is a
hopeful book that gives us a path to follow by showing that change is
possible only with the recognition that people and the planet are
ultimately one and the same.
142 pages. Paperback.