Environmentalist & Scientist
Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Read More >
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In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics, that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet. Read More >
It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing.
Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious.
Computers and telecommunications fragment information so that we can no longer recognize the interconnectivity of everything in the world.
Globalization of the economy renders the entire planet a source of resources and all people a market for products, while local communities and local ecosystems are negatively impacted (for example, large scale pig farms are raised in Canada for an Asian market while the water, air and soil surrounding the hog farms are negatively impacted).
Traditional people refer to the Earth as their “Mother” and tell us we are made of the four sacred elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Today science is verifying this ancient wisdom and defines a different set of priorities that should become our bottom line for the 21st century:
Human beings are one species among perhaps 10 to 15 million other species on whom we are ultimately dependent for our wellbeing.
Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.
The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. Perspective is shaped by our values, believes and experiences. Read Less ^
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