Photo: A David Suzuki Foundation moment in history: The Sacred Balance

We all depend completely on the gifts of the Earth: air, water, soil, energy from the sun and the diverse and interconnected web of life. (Credit: Janice Williams)

By Janice Williams, Archives Coordinator

David Suzuki's 30th book, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering our Place in Nature, called for no less than a complete rethinking of our relationship with the world and each other. Renowned biologist and author E.O. Wilson called it "the most complete expression to date of an environmental ethic from one of the world's leading conservation writers, combining science, theology, poetry and philosophy to express a world view towards which the human species must shift in the 21st century."

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Written with Amanda McConnell and published by Greystone Books, The Sacred Balance was launched in 1997 at the Squamish Recreation Centre in North Vancouver. With 700 people attending, David gave the book and its royalty payments as a gift to the Foundation, with the hope that it would inspire us all with a vision to work toward. Since its publication, it has sold more than 130,000 copies in Canada and around the world. It was revised and updated for its 10th anniversary in 2007.

The book begins with the recognition that we all depend completely on the gifts of the Earth: air, water, soil, energy from the sun and the diverse and interconnected web of life. As social animals, we have an absolute need for love, and we have spiritual needs that are rooted in nature. The Sacred Balance offers concrete examples of how we can meet these basic needs and create an ecologically sustainable, fulfilling and just way of life.

In 2003, this seminal work took on another form, broadcast as a four-part documentary television series on PBS. Bill Moyers interviewed David Suzuki on the PBS program NOW in August 2003, introducing the upcoming series, which followed David as he travelled on five continents searching for a new vision for our place on Earth, and celebrating the interconnectedness of human beings with the world around them. Part 2 of the series, called "The Matrix of Life", won the Science and Society Prize at the International Television Science Program festival in Paris, France.

A Community Education Guide was also published to supplement the series. It included activities aligned with National Science Education standards, and was primarily designed for informal education programs in science centres, libraries, after-school programs, Boys and Girls Clubs and other youth programs.

Now, 16 years after its initial publication, the principles and wisdom of The Sacred Balance continue to inform and inspire our work at the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Dec 08, 2013
9:35 AM

Caring, about ourselves as a species and about the world we live in, requires us to become more human, not just saying we are. David has shown us that we can learn to become human, and has shown us why we need to do so.

We do have a responsibility to future generations and the world they will live in.

Dec 08, 2013
2:21 AM

the ” Sacred Balance” belongs in every home, it’s a necessary extension of our human awareness which should be applied by everyone on a daily basis until it is an selfevident part of life

Dec 07, 2013
10:32 PM

im going to be reading this book to elementary school kids :D

Dec 07, 2013
7:01 PM

Don’t know how to tweet….have no smart phone but so would love a signed copy. David ROCKS!!


Dec 07, 2013
4:37 PM

I don’t read much, but a book by David Suzuki would certainly get my brain fed.

Dec 07, 2013
4:10 PM

I do not have twitter, but I do respect David Suzuki.

Please consider this as a request to be further included in the contest.

Thank you.

Dec 07, 2013
3:05 PM

Would love to win this book, our planet is so lucky to have an environmentalist like David Suzuki.

Dec 06, 2013
4:58 PM

Big time fan and admirer. In the middle of one of Mr Suzuki’s books right now. Very concerned with the ecology of our planet but most of all the Canadian Arctic.

Dec 01, 2013
7:19 AM

I have read this book more times than I can count. It continues to inspire me to keep on fighting for our world. This should be mandatory reading in all high schools, I know this would change the way that youth look at their world.

Thanks David for your years of hard work.

From one of the guys locked in the trunk of the car.


Dec 01, 2013
4:21 AM

As a secondary school teacher, all students need to see this to help reconnect them to nature and the land.

Nov 30, 2013
9:25 PM

David has been one of my favorite people since the 1970s when I used his little science class movie, “The Cell,” in the high school biology classes I was teaching. I’ve read his autobiography, “Metamorphosis,” and am a huge fan of “The Nature of Things.” While a geneticist, David is probably the greatest living popularizer of science and environmentalism in the world.

Nov 30, 2013
5:42 PM

J’adore David : )

Nov 30, 2013
5:25 PM

You inspire me

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