Earth Day, celebrated every April 22 since 1970, has served as a call to action to address pressing climate needs through the years, from eradicating harmful pesticides and boosting recycling efforts to protecting endangered species.

Buddhism has a long history of advocating for the importance of nature, and in honor of Earth Day, we’re sending you five articles from the Tricycle archives that illustrate the significant relationship between Buddhism and our planet.

By the way, if you’re ready to take political action, a Buddhist “rolling retreat” is planned to leave New York for D.C. for the People’s Climate March on April 29. Looking to sink your teeth into more? Be on the lookout for our Fall 2017 issue, which features environmentalist and author Paul Hawken’s best 100 climate solutions—and why they’re going to work.

The World Without Us
What will the world look like when we’re gone? Here’s a quick preview: a river could run down NYC’s Lexington Avenue.

The Work That Reconnects
A practice that can help us build motivation, creativity, and courage to transition to a culture that values a healthy earth

Awakening in the Age of Climate Change
The Buddhist teachings emphasize interdependence, but how can this principle guide us in altering our society’s relationship to the natural world?

No Easy Answers
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, explains how humanity has altered the earth as no other animal has before. 

Love Letter to the Earth
Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s prayer of praise and gratitude for our planet is one to share this Earth Day.


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