Books and links for Earth caring


Plum Village books

Zen and the art of saving the planet  (2021)
by Thich Nhat Hanh with contributions by Sr True Dedication.

A Love Letter to the Earth (2012)
By Thich Nhat Hanh

The World we Have
By Thich Nhat Hanh (2008)

We are the Economy (2nd Edn 2020)
by Kai Romhardt, published by Parallax Press.

Radical Love: From Separation to Connection with the Earth, Each Other, and Ourselves
by Satish Kumar (2023)

Other Buddhist books

The Burning House: A Buddhist response to the climate and ecological emergency
by Shatigarbha; Pub 2021. Windhorse Publications.

Mindfully Facing Climate Change
by Bhikku Analyo; Pub 2019.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. (free pdf available)

EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis
by David R. Loy; Pub 2018. Wisdom Publications.

Non-Buddhist books

Active Hope Revised: How to Face the Mess We’re in With Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power
by Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone

The Future we choose
by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

A field guide to Climate Anxiety to keep your cool on a warming planet
By Sarah Jaquette Ray

Buddhist organisations working on earth caring

Earth Holder Community
A branch off the Plum Village tree, originally founded at a retreat in Deer Park Monastery Earthholders is an initiative for encouraging action and focus on environmental issues and the climate crisis. There are monthly online sangha meetings, and local groups running their own activities. Most of these groups are based in the US, but there are one Earth Holder group in Edinburgh and one in Ireland.

One Earth Sangha
An initiative gathering voices from many buddhist traditions, running an EcoSattva training course.

XR Buddhists
A subgroup within the wider Extinction Rebellion movement, working on actions from a Buddhist standpoint.

Work that reconnects

A network founded by Joanna Macy, focused on practices that “helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action”. Runs online and in-person events, and have a wealth of resources available.

Websites for considering your and your sanghas ecological impact

Starting to reduce our ecological footprint can feel overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s a small sampling of websites we’ve found helpful and inspiring in that regard.

Search engine Ecosia
Ecosia is an ad search engine, which operates as a not-for-profit business, planting trees worldwide including in the UK

Carbon Savvy
Carbon calculators help us to see the environmental impact of the way that we live. Carbon Savvy offers several carbon calculators depending on the amount of detail you want to input.

Ethical Consumer Magazine  offers a lot of information on the most carbon friendly choices of goods to buy including foodstuffs, subscribers get online access to all back issues.

Recycling electrical goods is an important way to minimise our ecological footprint, information about local recycling sites can be found at

A smart phone is for many of us the most important window into the world. Fairphone produces a modular phone capable of being updated one module at a time i.e. battery, screen, processor etc.. Not cheap to buy in the first place, but likely to repay the initial cost in terms of longevity and upgrades.