The World We Have; A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- ISBN: 9781888375886 | 1888375884
- Cover: Trade Paper
- Copyright: 9/1/2008
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The lakes and the rivers have begun to dry up. The forests are fast disappearing, the desert is growing, and yet we continue to consume. In Thich Nhat Hanh's most exciting and provocative book in years, he offers a dramatic vision of the future of our planet, a world overheated by the fossil fuels that we are rapidly depleting, a world suffering from its inhabitants violent and ignorant ways of consuming, and a planet with more than 10 times as many people to support as before the fossil-fuel era began. Thich Nhat Hanh links his contemplation of environmental destruction in the world around us, to the Buddhist teachings of the impermanence of all things. Rather than seeing the nature of impermanence as reason to passively accept environmental destruction, he demonstrates how this teaching can offer inner peace and the possibility of using our collective wisdom and technology to help restore the Earth's balance. Buddhism's teaching of the interrelatedness of all life forms may be critical to the recovery of humanity's balance with nature. Thich Nhat Hanh cites examples of projects his own monastic community has undertaken that can serve as models for any community. His " No Car Day" observed once a week, and the "Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet" both can impact our ecological footprint on the Earth. While cautionary in telling about the fate of earlier societies who outran the potential for their environment, and taking the long view of the human species, The World We Have remains a hopeful book. Thich Nhat Hanh not only shares what he sees ahead of us, but also gives us hope and a path to go on, and the conviction and courage that enable us to stay on that path. Includes Thich Nhat Hanh's speech at UNESCO from October 2006 introducing his proposal for a global "No Car Day."