Saving the Earth From Ourselves

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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"Just what have we done with the garden bequeathed to us? From outer space our beautiful blue planet has no divisions, pandemics or degradation. On the ground the same blue planet is torn asunder by violence, greed and reckless disregard for planetary care. Can we fix the planet? This is the wrong question... We remain ignorant to the consequences of the fact that everything interconnects. The right question is can we fix ourselves? Can we change the mindset that has created the global ecological emergency? We must embark on a different kind of human journey different to the crazed ego, greed and power traits that characterise our collective and presently mindless sojourn. We are neglectful of the fact that we depend on this tiny planet for everything. I give the reader a promise: This slim volume provides understanding, issues a call for the adventure of changing the existing world order by arriving at a deep understanding of what needs to be done in terms of changing our minds. Then I provide guidelines for action." -- from the author.
Publisher: [Ancaster, Ont.] : Manor House, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781897453087
Branch Call Number: 201.77 PRATT
Characteristics: 192 p.


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Mar 29, 2010

Just finished this book. It is hopeful, yet simultaneously discouraging. The author's prescription to save the planet is a paradigm shift in how humans view themselves, and their relationship to mother earth, the biosphere that we depend on. This shift will occur, in his view, if at least 2% of the planet's population takes up meditation. It is the minimum requirement to bring about the "tipping point" in ensuring a change in perspective.
Yes, I agree a change in perspective is urgently needed. Sadly, I don't see it happening within the required timeframe. I hope I am wrong.

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