The David Suzuki Reader

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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Drawing from Suzuki’s published and unpublished writings, this collection reveals the underlying themes that have informed his work for over four decades.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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553650225
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • 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)

Meet the Author

David Suzuki is an internationally renowned scientist, broadcaster, and writer. He is also the founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. Among the many awards he has received for his achievements are the Order of Canada, UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize (past recipients include Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley, and Margaret Mead), the UN Gold Medal, and UNEP’s Global 500 Award. His many books include "Good News for a Change," "From Naked Ape to Superspecies" (both with Holly Dressel), and "The Sacred Balance" (with Amanda McConnell). He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Interconnections 1
Catching an epiphany 3
What can I do? 10
Arrival of an alien 12
London in my life 14
Galapagos 18
Human borders and nature 21
There's a lot to learn 27
Elephants of the sea 31
The thrill of seeing ants for what they are 34
The case for keeping wild tigers 37
How little we know 40
The power of diversity 45
Owning up to our ignorance 48
A walk in a rain forest 51
Megadams 57
Global warming 60
Why we must act on global warming 66
Ecological footprints 70
A boost for biodiversity 75
Learning from nature 78
Near the end of life 84
Learning to slow down 87
Economics and politics 89
The hubris of global economics 91
The ecosystem as capital 94
Ecologists and economists unite! 98
Economic fallacy 101
A progress indicator that's real 104
Endless growth - an impossible dream 107
Three economists 112
Economics and the Third World 119
Consumption as a deliberate goal 123
Assigning a value to nature 125
Toward more national economies 128
The Wall Street Journal's insane criteria 132
Following a different path 135
The true price of a tree 138
Plundering the seas 141
Shifting political perspectives 145
Lessons from humanity's birthplace 149
True wealth 152
Science, technology, and information 155
Science and technology are still in their infancy 157
Biotechnology : a geneticist's personal perspective 160
It always costs 181
The illusory oil change 184
Nuclear menus (or, eating in the nuclear age) 187
The prostitution of academia 190
Live by the box, perish by the box 195
A humbling message of ants and men 198
Infoglut and its consequences 204
Misusing language 209
The really real 212
Television's real message 219
Virtual reality 225
The hidden messages 227
Are these two reporters on the same planet? 232
Why a warmer world won't be a better world 236
Science and ethics 239
Genetics after Auschwitz 241
The final dance on racism's grave 253
Through different eyes 256
The temptation to tamper 259
The pain of animals 262
Are there no limits? 269
A biocentric view 275
Why the bravest position is biocentrism 277
Borrowing from children 280
Making waves 290
Teaching the wrong lessons 293
Losing interest in science 296
A Buddhist way to teach kids ecology 301
The system and the ecosystem 304
Why sterile school yards are a waste 306
The invisible civilization 309
Haida Gwaii and my home 314
Reflections while backpacking 317
Leaders, role models, and success stories 319
The new leaders 321
Village power wins victories in India 324
A heroic shepherd 327
Grass-roots groups 330
A woman in science 335
Young people 338
Monteverde and children 341
Child power 344
Germany - an inspiring example 351
Water and a Canadian scientist 354
One logger and his forest 357
Philosopher-king 360
A new kind of political leader 363
Fisheries that flourish 367
One farmer really close to the soil 371
Epilogue 376
References 378
Index 383
Credits 387
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