The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh , the author of The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology, is a Buddhist monk. He was born in Hue, Vietnam. He wrote this book to inform the people on Earth about the environmental issues we currently have. He believes that people in the world are like sleepwalkers, who are unaware about the environment. Everything in the world is related to each other. The same thing applied for human; everyone in this world is related and linked to each other like brothers and sisters. Since we all share the Earth, the water and the sun, he points out that we have to be responsible and protect the environment, because everything supports each other in order to adapt to this planet. Although his ideas to practice the…show more content…
By raising the animals, they seem to release more methane gas into the environment than what scientists thought. One way to fix this situation is to be a vegetarian, but only for about five days a month. We don’t have to be a full time vegetarian, but at the same time, this way of consuming meat can also improve our environment. We will be able to force the livestock industries to reduce their products, and therefore, we can reduce the amount of methane gas released into our environment. This practice is easy to do, and Thay also mentioned in his book that a lot of people have been practicing to be a vegetarian, and some of them claim that they will cut off at least 50 % of the meat they eat. Thay perfectly uses the metaphor of the mother Earth and the trees to express his idea of the people and their lung. As he said in his book, we can’t survive without trees. He refers the mother Earth as the body and the trees as the lungs. Without the lung, how can the body function properly? Therefore, speaking of trees, it is an essential part that is needed for all of us. Also they can help us to produce the oxygen that we need and reduce the carbon dioxide by the photosynthesis process. But in order to do that, it needs our help

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