As daunting as the climate challenge is, it’s important to know what we’re trying to conserve—and it’s vital to find the inspiration to do so. In this episode of Tibet Talks, we have the perfect guest to help with that. Michael Buckley is the editor of the new book, “This Fragile Planet,” a collection of 80 inspiring quotes about the environment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, matched with 120 eye-catching photos and visuals from a dozen professional photographers.

In this conversation, Michael, who’s been researching and writing about Tibet for over 35 years, speaks to Franz Matzner, our director of government relations and a veteran of environmental advocacy. You’ll learn about the climate crisis in Tibet, how the Chinese government uses its control of Tibet’s rivers to threaten neighboring countries, and what the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture can teach us about environmental sustainability.

Purchase Michael’s books, “This Fragile Planet” and “The Snow Leopard’s New Friend” at While you’re there, pick up ICT’s 2022 calendar: “Rivers of Tibet: Life Waters of Asia.”

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