The David Suzuki Reader

The David Suzuki Reader

by David Suzuki
     
 

ISBN-10: 1553650220

ISBN-13: 9781553650225

Pub. Date: 04/09/2004

Publisher: Greystone Books


David Suzuki’s collected writings on science, nature, technology, economics, politics, and the connectedness of all things.

The David Suzuki Reader brings together for the first time the scientific and philosophical thought of North America’s leading environmentalist.

Drawing from Suzuki’s published and unpublished writings, this collection

Overview


David Suzuki’s collected writings on science, nature, technology, economics, politics, and the connectedness of all things.

The David Suzuki Reader brings together for the first time the scientific and philosophical thought of North America’s leading environmentalist.

Drawing from Suzuki’s published and unpublished writings, this collection reveals the underlying themes that have informed his work for over four decades. In these incisive and provocative essays, Suzuki explores the limits of knowledge and the connectedness of all things; looks unflinchingly at the destructive forces of globalization, political shortsightedness, and greed; cautions against blind faith in science, technology, politics, and economics; and provides inspiring examples of how and where to make those changes that will matter to all of us and to future generations. He also offers a vision of hope based on our love of children and nature.

In this time of global unrest and uncertainty, Suzuki provides an important reminder of how we are all connected and of what really matters. Written with clarity, passion, and wisdom, this book is essential reading for anyone who is an admirer of David Suzuki, who wants to understand what science can and can’t do, or who wants to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553650225
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
04/09/2004
Series:
David Suzuki Children's Titles Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexii
Interconnections1
Catching an Epiphany3
What Can I Do?10
Arrival of an Alien12
London in My Life14
Galapagos18
Human Borders and Nature21
There's a Lot to Learn27
Elephants of the Sea31
The Thrill of Seeing Ants for What They Are34
The Case for Keeping Wild Tigers37
How Little We Know40
The Power of Diversity45
Owning Up to Our Ignorance48
A Walk in a Rain Forest51
Megadams57
Global Warming60
Why We Must Act on Global Warming66
Ecological Footprints70
A Boost for Biodiversity75
Learning from Nature78
Near the End of Life84
Learning to Slow Down87
Economics and Politics89
The Hubris of Global Economics91
The Ecosystem as Capital94
Ecologists and Economists Unite!98
Economic Fallacy101
A Progress Indicator That's Real104
Endless Growth--An Impossible Dream107
Three Economists112
Economics and the Third World119
Consumption as a Deliberate Goal123
Assigning a Value to Nature125
Toward More National Economies128
The Wall Street Journal's Insane Criteria132
Following a Different Path135
The True Price of a Tree138
Plundering the Seas141
Shifting Political Perspectives145
Lessons from Humanity's Birthplace149
True Wealth152
Science, Technology, and Information155
Science and Technology Are Still in Their Infancy157
Biotechnology: A Geneticist's Personal Perspective160
It Always Costs181
The Illusory Oil Change184
Nuclear Menus (Or, Eating in the Nuclear Age)187
The Prostitution of Academia190
Live by the Box, Perish by the Box195
A Humbling Message of Ants and Men198
Infoglut and Its Consequences204
Misusing Language209
The Really Real212
Television's Real Message219
Virtual Reality225
The Hidden Messages227
Are These Two Reporters on the Same Planet?232
Why a Warmer World Won't Be a Better World236
Science and Ethics239
Genetics after Auschwitz241
The Final Dance on Racism's Grave253
Through Different Eyes256
The Temptation to Tamper259
The Pain of Animals262
Are There No Limits?269
A Biocentric View275
Why the Bravest Position Is Biocentrism277
Borrowing from Children280
Making Waves290
Teaching the Wrong Lessons293
Losing Interest in Science296
A Buddhist Way to Teach Kids Ecology301
The System and the Ecosystem304
Why Sterile School Yards Are a Waste306
The Invisible Civilization309
Haida Gwaii and My Home314
Reflections While Backpacking317
Leaders, Role Models, and Success Stories319
The New Leaders321
Village Power Wins Victories in India324
A Heroic Shepherd327
Grass-Roots Groups330
A Woman in Science335
Young People338
Monteverde and Children341
Child Power344
Germany--An Inspiring Example351
Water and a Canadian Scientist354
One Logger and His Forest357
Philosopher-King360
A New Kind of Political Leader363
Fisheries That Flourish367
One Farmer Really Close to the Soil371
Epilogue376
References378
Index383
Credits387

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