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Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections

January 19, 2017 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki

For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a means.

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We can learn so much from nature

January 12, 2017 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki

If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun's beneficence! Research shows we might benefit by thinking more like a forest.

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It's time to heed warnings about humanity's collision course

January 5, 2017 | 7 comments
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By David Suzuki

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we've known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we're seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

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Tread lightly to lift the weight of the world

December 15, 2016 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That's how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England's University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the planet, estimated at around four trillion tonnes.

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Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival

December 8, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science Projects Manager Rachel Plotkin.

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn't tell them much about a caribou population's history — travel routes before their habitat was degraded or historical feeding, breeding and calving spots.

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