CELEBRATING ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS ON EARTH DAY
THICH NHAT HANH - SISTER CHAN KHONG (CAO NGOS PHOUNG), ALFRED HASSLER
DAI DONG "THE GREAT TOGETHERNESS"
International Conference on The Environment June 1-6, 1972, Stockholm Sweden
From ALFRED HASSLERs Vietnam-related activities he came to appreciate the efforts of some Vietnamese Buddhists to find a negotiated resolution of the conflict. He also appreciated the Vietnamese Buddhist attitude of harmony “with all living things,” rather distant from the U.S. military practice of burning villages with napalm and trying to destroy the forest cover with “Agent Orange.” Thus when it came time to choose a name for a new independent organization that would focus on peace and harmony with nature and its protection, he chose a Vietnamese phrase (probably on the suggestion of Thich Nhat Hanh, with whom he worked closely), Dai Dong The Gioi (a world of great togetherness), which, for practical reasons, was usually shortened to Dai Dong.
There has been a strong ethical dimension to ecological thought in the U.S., as seen in the writing of Aldo Leopold (1886-1948). Through the Vietnam-related efforts, Hassler came close to Kenneth Boulding, a Quaker, economist, and peace researcher. Boulding, along with Buckminster Fuller and Barbara Ward, developed the concept of “Spaceship Earth” (5). Boulding stressed the need to modify education in light of the ecological realities. READ REST OF ARTICLE HERE