Occupy Vancouver protesters welcomed a familiar face to the encampment at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of Vancouverites turned out to hear David Suzuki offer his thoughts and opinions on a topic larger than but intimately connected to protecting nature.
"For me," Suzuki said, "the Occupy movement is about oikos, the Greek word for household or domain. It's about defining our place in community, state, nation, biosphere.... Oikos is home. Ecology is the study of home. Economics is its management. But we elevate economy above ecology."
He concluded, "Let's put the eco back in economics."
Now in its sixth week, the Occupy movement has spread from the financial district of New York City around the globe, from Hong Kong to Madrid to Johannesburg. The movement shows no sign of weakening.