Canadian author, photographer, documentary filmmaker and environmental explorer 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) is a major work of investigative journalism about China's rampant destruction of ecosystems in Tibet and in the nations downstream. Tibet, Disrupted (available on Apple iBooks, 2020 second edition), with matching content, is a photo-based multimedia book.
Buckley is editor and photo-compiler for This Fragile Planet: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Environment published December 2020 on the Apple Books platform. And he is author of a children's book, The Snow Leopard's New Friend which is about the fabled animals of Tibet--both fictional and real. Published December 2020 on Amazon Kindle.
He is also author of Eccentric Explorers, which sees Tibet through the eyes of ten wacky explorers; and author of Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide. now in its fourth edition.
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 numerous media outlets that include the New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail and BBC Wildlife. Wilderness is his chief source of inspiration--he is a keen wildlife enthusiast, trekker, mountain biker, kayaker and diver. As a frequent diver, he has developed a great passion for ocean preservation, and has several works in progress concerning the ocean realm. In 2018, he published a digital photobook titled Planet Ocean Blues, which is about the impact of Traditional Chinese Medicine on marine species. This is accessible on Amazon Kindle and on the Apple iBooks platform.