Now available in paperback, The Legacy
represents the culmination of David Suzuki's
knowledge and wisdom and his legacy for generations to come.
If he had to sum up all that he has learned in one last lecture,
what would David Suzuki say? In this expanded
version of the lecture that he delivered in December 2009 and that
will be released as a film in 2010, Suzuki, one of
the planet's preeminent elders, explains how we got where we are
today and presents his vision for a better future.
In his own lifetime, Suzuki has witnessed an
explosion of scientific knowledge as well as a huge change in our
relationship with the planet -- a tripling of the world's
population, a greatly increased ecological footprint through the
global economy, and a huge growth in technological capacity. These
changes have had a dire effect on Earth's ecosystems and
consequently on our own well-being. To deal with this crisis, we
must realize that the laws of nature have priority over the forces
of economics and that the planet simply cannot sustain unfettered
growth. We must also recognize the limits of scientific
reductionism and the need to adopt a more holistic point of view.
Perhaps most important, we must join together as a single species
to respond to the problems we face. Suzuki ends by
saying that change begins with each of us; all it takes is
imagination and a faith in the inherent generosity of Mother