Tuesday, January 3, 2012

David Suzuki: Sage for our Fragile Earth

Dr. David Suzuki (1936- ) is a science broadcaster and environmental activist who taught genetics at the University of British Columbia for almost forty years. Since the mid 1970's, Suzuki has become known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC TV science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in syndication in over 40 nations.

-Ecology and economy have the same root word – "eco", and it means ‘home’. But what we have done is elevate the economy above ecology.

-With an estimated population of nine billion by 2050, we cannot continue to consume resources at the same rate and maintain our quality of life.

-Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.

-We live in a finite world with finite resources. Although it may sometimes seem quite big, earth is really very small – a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe.

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-The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space.. a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.

-Aboriginal people are key because they have a different sense of where we belong and how we interact with nature.

-We are consuming too much and using our environment as a toxic dump. We are the environment.

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