Canadian author, photographer and filmmaker Michael Buckley first stumbled into Tibet in 1985 to write a guidebook for Lonely Planet – and quickly discovered that although you can leave Tibet, Tibet will never leave you. He has returned for extended travels over a period spanning 30 years, primarily focused on environmental problems concerning the Tibetan plateau and the nations downstream from Tibet.
Michael’s research on these issues has led to three short documentaries (detailed at www.WildYakFilms.com and accessible for free on Vimeo.com):
• Meltdown in Tibet looks at China's megadam building and mega water-diversion projects.
• From Nomad to Nobody examines the plight of the nomads of Tibet and vanishing grasslands.
• Plundering Tibet uses Google Earth flyovers to show China's large-scale mining in Tibet and its impact on the grasslands and rivers of Tibet.
Michael has also published two companion books, Meltdown in Tibet (published by Macmillan, NY, 2014) and Tibet, Disrupted (available on Apple iBooks, 2016). The former is a major work of investigative journalism about China's rampant destruction of ecosystems in Tibet and downstream nations, and the latter is a photo-based multimedia book. He is also author of Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide.
In all, he has written a dozen books related to Himalayan and South Asian regions, and his work on the environment, wildlife and adventure travel has been published in various media outlets that include the New York Times, The Guardian, and The Globe & Mail. Wilderness is his chief source of inspiration--he is a keen wildlife enthusiast, trekker, mountain biker, kayaker and diver.