The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future

by David Suzuki
Foreword by Margaret Atwood
Other Co-Publisher: David Suzuki Foundation

Greystone Books Ltd. | July 11, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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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 Earth. Also available in paperback.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.5 × 5.3 × 0.4 in

Published: July 11, 2011

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658280

ISBN - 13: 9781553658283

Found in: Science and Nature

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The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future

by David Suzuki
Foreword by Margaret Atwood
Other Co-Publisher: David Suzuki Foundation

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.5 × 5.3 × 0.4 in

Published: July 11, 2011

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658280

ISBN - 13: 9781553658283

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From Chapter 2 So now the challenge is to get things right. First we have to recognize that our world is shaped by such factors as gravity, the speed of light, entropy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics - these are forces of nature and they impose limitations on the way we live. Another is the biosphere, the source of all we need to survive and flourish so protecting its health has to be our highest priority. Other things like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, markets or currency are not natural, we created them and if they are not working, we can change them . But like dragons and demons of old, the economy has come to be treated as if it were a real thing before which we must all bow down. That''s why businesspeople and politicians tell me that I "have to be realistic, the economy is the bottomline". I was once told by an environment minister that "Environmentalists should understand we can''t afford to protect the environment without a strong growing economy". So even a minister of the environment, whose job is to protect it, bows before the economy as the highest priority. Ever since becoming the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, like former U.S. President Bush and former Australian prime minister, John Howard, has said that we cannot reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet Kyoto because of its negative effects on the economy. Let us remember that economics and ecology are derived from the same Greek word, oikos, meaning household or domain. Ecol
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Margaret Atwood Introduction 1. Evolution of a Superspecies 2. Finding a New Path 3. A Vision for the Future Acknowledgements Sources for Quotes References About David Suzuki

From the Publisher

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 Earth. Also available in paperback.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. Throughout her writing career, she has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson, with whom she is the Joint Honourary President of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things. His written work includes more than fifty-two books, nineteen of them for children. Suzuki lives with his wife, Tara Cullis, in Vancouver.

Editorial Reviews

“Suzuki locates his vision of nature’s order even more deeply, as an 'elder,' in the healing resources of aboriginal wisdom... The imaginative reach of Suzuki’s earth-vision grounded in scientific fact is astounding. Single sentences can change our perceptions of space and time ranging from the pre-Cambrian era to future millennia... to this reader, Suzuki’s grasp of the magic, profound complexity of nature’s underlying matrix is the strength of his new book.” Telegraph Journal “Suzuki, one of the planet’s best-known environmentalists, explains how earth got where it is today and presents his vision for a better future...The Legacy encapsulates Suzuki’s thoughts, philosophies and hopes for a sustainable future.” Arabella Magazine “David Suzuki is one of the loudest voices in the global green community, and is surely the elder statesman of Canadian environmentalism. Suzuki adds to an already impressive body of work with The Legacy.” Quill & Quire “The book reads as if Suzuki is speaking to you, taking you by the hand on a journey...[It] is a summary of some of the big concepts that are being thrown around in the media today. It takes them, simplifies them for the everyday reader and makes them easy to digest. Not surprisingly, it’s written in a way that can be easily digested by teens.” Green Living “With environmental crises facing the planet—climate change, ocean acidification and loss of biodiversity, to name a few—Suzuki says this is the time to act. The Legacy is part aut
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