Our only home A climate appeal to the world

Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, 1935-

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An appeal for environmental action by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and spiritual leader of Tibet urges decision-makers to fight climate change ignorance while encouraging younger readers to assert their right to a climate-friendly future.

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Genres
Nonfiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press 2020.
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in 2020 in Germany by Benevento Publishing, a brand of Red Bull Media House GmbH." -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
174 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN
9781335218469
1335218467
Main Author
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, 1935- (author)
Other Authors
Franz Alt (author), Peter Reif (translator)
  • Introduction / by Franz Alt
  • The third World War against nature
  • Save the environment: the Dalai Lama's climate appeal to the world
  • Franz Alt's interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • The solar age begins: the sun wins
  • The mountains here are as bald as a monk's head
  • The sheltering tree of interdependence: a Buddhist monk's reflections on ecological responsibility
  • For a solar age: epilogue by Franz Alt
  • Ten commandments for the climate
  • What can I do?
Review by Booklist Reviews

In their previous collaboration, An Appeal to the World (2017), the Dalai Lama and Alt sought to outline inner and outer paths to peace. Here, as our world continues to experience tumultuous changes, they address issues pertaining to the environment and global warming. "Is this book reason for alarmism? No way!" writes Alt early on, "It is a declaration of love to the future." Through dialogue, which fills the body of this sanguine book, Alt poses questions on the state of the world's environmental crisis that the Dalai Lama answers with boundless wisdom. "We need a revolution of compassion," he states. "Environmental education must be given top priority, he continues. And most contemplatively, "Today's environmental crisis is the crisis of our inner world." The Dalai Lama takes measure of the depth of awareness and commitment humankind must embrace to tackle climate change while expressing gratitude for young leaders like Greta Thunberg. With optimism at the core, this is a bright and encouraging environmental primer. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

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Review by Library Journal Reviews

The Dalai Lama and Franz Alt collaborate again after 2017's An Appeal to the World, this time with a focus on climate change. This slim volume is written in support of young climate activists and intended to urge politicians to address the immediacy of global warming. To the Dalai Lama, environmental issues are beyond any one religious or political affiliation, and it is humankind's ethical responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure our survival. The first two sections are written by Alt, giving a wide view of climate change and global activism efforts. The third section presents the Dalai Lama's support of environmental issues. After lengthy interviews between the two authors regarding the ethics of caring for the environment, a poem by the Dalai Lama is presented. In conversation, the authors also reflect on topics including the 2106 Paris Agreement and the concept of universal responsibility. Further reflections by Alt conclude the book, and action points for individuals and governments are included. VERDICT This impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism, especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg. Relevant for collections with a concentration on environmental issues, otherwise optional.—Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An appeal for environmental action by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and spiritual leader of Tibet urges decision-makers to fight climate change ignorance while encouraging younger readers to assert their right to a climate-friendly future.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An appeal for environmental action by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and spiritual leader of Tibet urges decision-makers to fight climate change ignorance while encouraging younger readers to assert their right to a climate-friendly future. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'this impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism, especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg.''Library JournalFrom the voice of the beloved world religious leader comes an eye-opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up, take action and save our environment.Saving the climate is our common duty. With each passing day, climate change is causing Pacific islands to disappear into the sea, accelerating the extinction of species at alarming proportions and aggravating a water shortage that has affected the entire world. In short, climate change can no longer be denied'it threatens our existence on earth.In this new book, the Dalai Lama, one of the most influential figures of our time, calls on political decision makers to finally fight against deadlock and ignorance on this issue and to stand up for a different, more climate-friendly world and for the younger generation to assert their right to regain their future.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“This impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism, especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg.”—Library JournalFrom the voice of the beloved world religious leader comes an eye-opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up, take action and save our environment.Saving the climate is our common duty. With each passing day, climate change is causing Pacific islands to disappear into the sea, accelerating the extinction of species at alarming proportions and aggravating a water shortage that has affected the entire world. In short, climate change can no longer be denied—it threatens our existence on earth.In this new book, the Dalai Lama, one of the most influential figures of our time, calls on political decision makers to finally fight against deadlock and ignorance on this issue and to stand up for a different, more climate-friendly world and for the younger generation to assert their right to regain their future.