"Part autobiography, part history, part basic science—and above all, a plea for the planet. Buy it." — National Post
Now available in paperback and enhanced ebook format, The Legacy is an expanded version of the lecture that he delivered in December 2009 and that forms the core of a 2010 film entitled Force of Nature.
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.
"The imaginative reach of Suzuki's earth-vision grounded in scientific fact is astounding." — Telegraph Journal
"My hope is that we ourselves will emulate David Suzuki and leave legacies in our turn." — Margaret Atwood