Thinking Like a Mountain

Thinking Like a Mountain

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143012726
  • 144 Pages
  • Penguin Canada
  • Adult


Nature has been Robert Bateman’s inspiration ever since he began painting birds from his bedroom window as a young boy. The wildlife he features in his paintings are expressions of his love and respect for the natural world.

A passionate environmentalist who has devoted his life to documenting the awesome power of nature, Bateman is deeply worried about the state of our planet and the fate of our natural heritage. Whenever he talks about his paintings, he talks about the environmental messages they convey, and those who have heard him speak have clamoured for a book that encapsulates his philosophy.

Thinking Like a Mountain is the result of many years of thinking, talking and writing about the world’s growing environmental crisis. Beautifully designed and illustrated with original drawings, it is a gathering of questions, observations and ideas Robert Bateman has drawn from his own life experiences and gleaned from the writings of some of the visionaries who have influenced him.

As Einstein said, “We cannot solve the problems of today with the same thinking that gave us the problems in the first place.”Only a profound shift in philosophy, Bateman believes, can save our species from extinction.

Thinking Like a Mountain is printed on 100 per cent ancient-forest-free paper that is 100 per cent post-consumer recycled and has been processed chlorine free. 

Table of Contents


PART ONE: Getting to Know the Neighbours
  A Day in May
  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Birdwatcher
  My People
  The Call of a Wolf
  Roving around the World
  Getting to Know the Neighbours
  Natural Art
  Aristocrats of Time and Space

PART TWO: Message in the Bones
  Message in the Bones
  The Grapes of La Mancha
  If a Tree Falls
  A Village Story
  Homo sapiens Teenager consumerensis
  Small Is Beautiful
  Unholy Alliance
  Natural Capitalism
  Beyond the Rapids

PART THREE: Signs of Hope
  An Alpine Idea
  The Grameen Bank
  Nigerian Public Transit
  The Ecology of Cities
  Holy Alliances
  From Tortoise Islet
  Good People
  A View from the Mountain

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