The Legacy: An Elders Vision for Our Sustainable Future

Hardcover | August 9, 2010

byDavid SuzukiForeword byMargaret Atwood

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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.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in hardcover.

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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 p...

David Suzuki is an acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist and the founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is the author of more than forty books and is the recipient of the unesco Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, and the UNEP’s Global 500 award, and he has been named a Companion of the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:August 9, 2010Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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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 “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 autobiography, part history, part basic science—and above all, a plea for the planet. Buy it.National Post“The Legacy is part autobiography, part history, part basic science—and above all, a plea for the planet.Montreal Gazette“Readers…will find Suzuki's tangential musings on subjects like argon molecules, shrinking swordfish, or the role of salmon in fertilizing forests some of the book's best reading…at the core of his writing lurks a scientist's wonder at the world, and a compelling sincerity that makes you believe—or at least, want to believe—[there is] still some hope for this muddled planet.Winnipeg Free Press"The 'legacy' in this lecture is one of truthful words about the hard place we're in, but it's also one of hopeful words: our chance if we will take it for 'opportunity, beauty, wonder and companionship with the rest of creation.' My hope is that we ourselves will emulate David Suzuki and leave legacies in our turn.Margaret Atwood"Occasionally we encounter someone who appeals to the better angels of our nature and reminds us of values we once held dear. For me that person was David Suzuki. It was a privilege and a joy collaborating with him on this project for the past two years and I take great pride in the result.Sturla Gunnarsson|