How to bring about a Collective Awakening – David Suzuki & Thich Nhat Hanh


“What gives you hope that we can bring about the collective awakening needed to restore health to the planet?”

Thích Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki discussed this vital question in an hour long conversation when they met in Vancouver, British Columbia in August this year.

In conversation with Dr. Suzuki, geneticist and leading advocate of sustainable ecology, the Buddhist monk, poet, and peace activist shared his thoughts on the future of the planet. Both agreed that humans are currently in the process of destroying the earth by disrupting the climate and destroying ecosystems.

Addressing the problems of apathy and despair, “Thay”, as he is known to his followers, warned against feelings of helplessness, asserting that individuals can make a difference. The first step in doing so is to cultivate inner strength.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson joined the conversation, which was moderated by James Hoggan, president of the David Suzuki Foundation and creator of the environmental blog, Thích Nhat Hanh made this important visit to Vancouver to lead a retreat at the University of British Columbia and to offer public teachings.

David Suzuki, Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, and David Suzuki Foundation Chair Jim Hoggan sat down to discuss mindfulness, climate change and how to bring about the collective public awakening needed to restore health to the planet.

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