The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis BookThe Terrestrial Gospel is an anthology of passages selected from various books by Kazantzakis, centering on Nature and the workers of the soil. A powerful and poetic work that raises environmental awareness and calls us to compassionate action, the book contains new translations from the Greek originals to English, some original poems by Maskaleris, a Preface by Jean-Michel Cousteau, and an illuminating essay by ecologist, author, and film-maker, Michael Tobias.

Love supports survival… Nikos Kazantzakis’ love of Nature inspired him to write beautiful hymns to Her and to the human life rooted in the soil — as the selections for this Anthology movingly demonstrate.

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God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor

. . . an Expansive Analysis of Eco-Trendsof the 21st Century’s 1st Decade


God's Country Download PicThe Dancing Star Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) and Zorba Press (Ithaca, NY) have just announced the online/worldwide release of God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, Introduction by Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. The book (602 pages and more than 850 photographs) provides an expansive analysis of ecological trends of the first decade of the 21st century, using New Zealand as an important paradigm for positive global change. It is available online as a free PDF download.

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God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor, Part 2

. . . an Expansive Analysis of Eco-Trendsof the 21st Century’s 1st Decade


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New Zealand’s on-going public dialogue, posit Tobias and Morrison, is serving as a catalyst for change in individual choices and industrial change alike. The nation’s candor and clarity in addressing these complex and tightly intertwined political, industrial, fiscal and ethical issues can likewise serve as a model for other nations around the world, they assert.

Drawing on the New Zealand paradigm, Tobias and Morrison offer a practicable blueprint for change, embracing a new methodology for examining the pain and cruelty meted out by… Continue reading


Sanctuary BookThis stunning photographic odyssey spanning two-dozen extraordinary animal and habitat sanctuaries throughout the world is a celebration of the whole “sanctuary movement.” Sanctuary embraces the rescue and rehabilitation of abused “farm animals” in the United States, of bears, wolves and an old forest in Europe, Asian elephants and tigers, rare orchids and other species in India, orangutans in Borneo, butterflies in Malaysia, rare plants in Yemen and cheetahs in South Africa.

From Namibia to Bhutan, Sanctuary magnificently underscores the basic compassion and strategic ethics at the heart of 21st century animal rights and biodiversity conservation.

Written and Photographed by Michael Tobias
and Jane Gray Morrison
Foreword by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen… Continue reading


Donkey BookDonkey examines the ecology, art history, culture and landscape of donkeys throughout the world and throughout time. This very special tribute to one of the great equine species combines deeply lyrical descriptions and first-person encounters with scientific data and rich illustrations. The book celebrates donkeys, while also pointing out risks to their future. The donkey (Equus asinus) is a species both ancient and mysterious and is called by many names: donkey, burro, wild jack, hinny and ass. Donkeys and their relative, the mule (a donkey/horse cross), have lived with humans for thousands of years.

References to mules date back at least 3,000 years. Biblical passages are rich with references to donkeys. In Homer’s Odyssey a… Continue reading

No Vacancy

No Vacancy BookThe book tie-in to the feature documentary by the same title addresses population stabilization worldwide, with a special focus on the U.S., Western Europe, Ghana, Nigeria, Iran, India, Thailand, Mexico, China, and Indonesia. Population stabilization has long been considered a fundamental element of any sustainable program for humanity. Consumer habits, good and bad, are multiplied by the sheer number of consumers in poor and rich countries alike, leading to ecological despoliation. More than seventy-five key interviews from population and environmental experts around the world, along with illuminating contextual data for those interviews, forms the backdrop for the book. It is at once a compact textbook for students of the population/environment dialogue, as well as basic… Continue reading