Force of Nature / The Legacy

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, is out on DVD! Winner of the People's Choice Documentary Award at the 2010 TIFF, Force of Nature offers a glimpse into the events that shaped David Suzuki's life and career. The film weaves together scenes from the places and events that shaped Suzuki's life with a filming of his Last Lecture, which he describes as "a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die."

The DVD also contains a special short film called It Takes a Family, which takes viewers behind the scenes at the David Suzuki Foundation.

Look for Force of Nature at your local video retailer, or find it online at iTunes, Amazon, or Chapters.

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

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In his own lifetime, David 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 importantly, 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.

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