Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet is an illustrated collection of 365 daily meditations soon to be released by Rocky Mountain Books. Each of the 365 daily entries was written by a different contributor in response to the following questions regarding the fate of the planet and its inhabitants:
- Do you think that humanity can find a way past the current global environmental and social crises?
- Will we be able to create the conditions necessary for our own survival as well as that of other species on the planet? What would these conditions look like?
- In summary, then, and in the plainest of terms, do we have hope, and can we do it?
Dr. Roman Dial, Environmental Science Professor at Alaska Pacific University, is one of these contributors. His reflection on these critical and timely issues appears on June 20th. When asked how he responded to the questions, he replied: “I think about these things a lot because I’m a parent, but writing the essay made me pull my thoughts together. I’m optimistic.”
Other contributors to Global Chorus include environmentalists such as David Suzuki, Paul Hawken and Jane Goodall; scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Edward O. Wilson; personalities such as Jamie Oliver, Maya Angelou, Les Stroud and Bruce Cockburn; humanitarians such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; political figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May; writers like Temple Grandin, Farley Mowat and John Ralston Saul; and spiritual leaders like His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Lama Surya Das.
Todd MacLean, editor of this anthology, says that the intention of Global Chorus is to not only bring attention to global, environmental issues, but that “the individual essays are there to act as a guide for readers on how to build a more sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between themselves and the planet.” In addition to being an award-winning musician, MacLean has been an environmental columnist on CBC Radio, a commentator on CBC TV, and a weekly columnist in PEI’s The Guardian newspaper.
Global Chorus is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Proceeds from the sales of Global Chorus will be distributed to select organizations helping to recover, protect and sustain life on Earth.