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Everything Under the Sun: Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet [Paperback]

Ian Hanington , David Suzuki
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Book Description

May 11 2012

A renowned scientist restores hope for a better future with his latest views on environmental challenges.

In this latest offering from David Suzuki, the well-known scientist, author, and broadcaster explores the interconnectedness of the world's myriad environmental challenges. The solutions are there, he argues; we just need the will to act together to bring about change.

Suzuki delves into such provocative topics as the difference between human hunters and other predators, our dependence on the sun, and what we must learn from Japan's recent reactor meltdown. He also doesn't avoid controversial opinion, especially when it comes to taking on those who stand in the way of resolving serious issues like climate change.

Everything Under the Sun includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.


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There's really no one on Earth quite like David Suzuki. —Bill McKibben

(2012-03-22)

About the Author

Ian Hanington is a communications and editorial specialist for the David Suzuki Foundation. He has worked as a researcher, news reporter, opinion-column writer, critic, and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines and was the editor of the Georgia Straight. He also teaches part-time in the professional writing program at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. He lives in Vancouver.



David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award. Host of the longrunning CBC television program The Nature of Things, he is also the author of more than fifty books.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"With pollution and climate change ["global warming"], species extinction and destruction of ocean and land ecosystems, we are nearing catastrophe. Some people will deny this, some will say there's nothing we can do about it, and still others will say it's all part of God's plan. But it's happening, and we can and must do something about it.

No matter what religious or spiritual beliefs you hold, it's impossible to deny that we have been blessed with a beautiful planet that has everything we need to survive and be healthy. It is up to all of us to care for it and to keep it liveable for ourselves and all the living things that share it with us...

This book doesn't have all the answers...This book attempts to identify some of the solutions."

The above comes from the preface of this amazing book by David Suzuki with Ian Hanington. Suzuki is a scientist, environmentalist, author, and broadcaster. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of UNESCO's prize for the Popularization of Science. He has many honorary degrees and has many awards. Hanington is a communications and editorial specialist for the David Suzuki Foundation.

This book consists of recent newspaper columns written by David Suzuki. Columns with a common theme form the chapters of this book.

Each chapter begins with a brief but excellent introduction. Here is the introduction to the sixth chapter:

"Climate change is a reality. We'd all love it if it weren't, if the deniers and industry PR folks were right. But mountains of scientific evidence and direct observation show that by burning fossil fuels, humans have added too much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which has contributed significantly to global warming...
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "An invitation to join the most important conversation of our time" Sept. 21 2012
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"With pollution and climate change ["global warming"], species extinction and destruction of ocean and land ecosystems, we are nearing catastrophe. Some people will deny this, some will say there's nothing we can do about it, and still others will say it's all part of God's plan. But it's happening, and we can and must do something about it.

No matter what religious or spiritual beliefs you hold, it's impossible to deny that we have been blessed with a beautiful planet that has everything we need to survive and be healthy. It is up to all of us to care for it and to keep it liveable for ourselves and all the living things that share it with us...

This book doesn't have all the answers...This book attempts to identify some of the solutions."

The above comes from the preface of this amazing book by David Suzuki with Ian Hanington. Suzuki is a scientist, environmentalist, author, and broadcaster. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of UNESCO's prize for the Popularization of Science. He has many honorary degrees and has many awards. Hanington is a communications and editorial specialist for the David Suzuki Foundation.

This book consists of recent newspaper columns written by David Suzuki. Columns with a common theme form the chapters of this book.

Each chapter begins with a brief but excellent introduction. Here is the introduction to the sixth chapter:

"Climate change is a reality. We'd all love it if it weren't, if the deniers and industry PR folks were right. But mountains of scientific evidence and direct observation show that by burning fossil fuels, humans have added too much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which has contributed significantly to global warming...

But just as they did with evidence about the harms of smoking tobacco and the dangers of putting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere, industry leaders and their paid PR people deny that there is a problem or that we could do anything about it if there is a problem or that we could do anything about it if there were...

Here we look at the science of climate change, the possible solutions, and the attempts by industry to delay or prevent action by sowing confusion."

All the columns in this book are exceptionally written in a clear and interesting style. Personally, I've made a vow to myself never to read the same author twice but with Dr. Suzuki I have made an exception. This is because I know that what he writes is based on the best science available.

Finally, my two favourite chapters in this book have the following titles:

(1) Science holds a mirror to existence
(2) Is the economy...stupid?

In conclusion, this is yet another exceptional science-based book by the great David Suzuki. I agree 100% with the endorsement on this book's back cover:

"There's really no one on Earth quite like David Suzuki."

(first published 2012; preface; 10 chapters; main narrative 270 chapters; acknowledgements; index; other titles from the David Suzuki Foundation; the David Suzuki Foundation)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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5.0 out of 5 stars Is There a Safe Haven in Our Blue World? Nov. 9 2013
By D. Wayne Dworsky - Published on Amazon.com
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David Suzuki is a prolific author and participant in many public forums that support benevolent scientific pursuits. In his new book, Everything Under the Sun he packs a powerful punch. He proposes a unique way to perceive life. we live on a planet of diminishing returns. Consequently, the need for conservation and strategic environmental grooming has never been more urgent. Suzuki indicates that, "It's time for a new economic paradigm."

The author unravels the complex economic and political system that threatens the platform on which we exist. From "Is carbon capture digging us into a hole?" and "Oily disasters," to "Government of the people, by the corporations and for the corporations," and "Living la vide Locavore." This last concern addresses the need to regiment local efforts such as small farming, energy production, etcetera. Although many of these are impractical on a global scale, consideration of diverting some efforts will pay large dividends in the future.

Everything Under the Sun is a neat, little book that drives an optimistic view of our world. New thinkers and visionaries should solute David Suzuki's efforts to preomote a better life for humanity.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those who care about the health of the planet and people Aug. 3 2013
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In Everything Under the Sun, David Suzuki shows his ability to describe scientific studies and processes with technical information in a way that is easily understandable for someone without a background in science, and he does it without sacrificing academic rigor or nuance.

In each chapter, Suzuki identifies and describes an environmental challenges, or some part of our lives that we should reconsider. At the end of each chapter, he suggests some ways in which individuals and organizations may overcome those challenges. In this way Everything Under the Sun is both descriptive and prescriptive in a way that is neither doom and gloom nor preachy. That balance is another of the great strength of the book.

As a staunch environmentalist, I sometimes had hoped to hear more detailed ways to help save he world, but that is not what Suzuki intended with this book. It is not a how to book. As he notes in the introduction, it is a conversation starter. I think it is a great one.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cut to the ideas! March 2 2013
By GP The Engineer - Published on Amazon.com
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If i didn't at least sort of believe what David does, i wouldn't have bought the book. 9 chapters in i gave up as i still hadn't seen anything suggesting what to do about it. Loved some of his older books, wondering if he's not out of original ideas at this point and just cranking out words to pay the bills.
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