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5.0 out of 5 stars The best writings of "Canada's nature authority" and "one of the continent's most remarkable men", Feb. 2 2015
Stephen Pletko "Uncle Stevie" (London, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews

"The very foundations of our lives--air, water, photosynthesis, soil, and food--are made possible by the web of life that evolved on a once-sterile planet. Living organisms on land and in oceans--including us--create, cleanse, and regenerate those vital elements.

Who needs nature? We do.

Without nature, we would not be here.


The above comes from one of the essays in this book by David Suzuki. He is a scientist, environmentalist, author, and broadcaster as well as a Companion of the Order of Canada. Suzuki is a recipient of UNESCO's prize for the Popularization of Science as well as a recipient of many other awards and honorary degrees.

This is a revised and expanded edition of Suzuki's writings (essays and articles) that have been written over a period of twenty-five years. In fact, this might be regarded as a definitive selection of his most thought-provoking scientific and insightful philosophical writings.

In these writings, there is an increased emphasis on the solutions to the many environmental problems that we face, Suzuki's inspiring vision for the future, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. There is also more emphasis on the personal.

What I like about Suzuki's writing is that they are clear, concise, and he gets to the point quickly and efficiently. And you can be sure that any science presented is accurate and up-to-date.

This book is made up of eight sections. Each section has a cover essay that introduces the ideas of the "bite size" essays that follow in a particular section. Below I will state the name of a section, the number of essays in that section [in square brackets], and my favourite essay or essays (whose title(s) will be in quotation marks) in a particular section:

(1) Interconnections [22]: "Global Warming" and "IPCC report shows that climate change is critical"
(2) Economics and Politics [17]: "The hubris of global economics," "Endless growth--an impossible dream," "What is the value of something we can't live without?" and "True wealth"

(3) Science, Technology, and Information [11]: "The prostitution of academia," and "Why a warmer world won't be a better world"
(4) Science and Ethics [6]: "Political decisions require scientific literacy"

(5) A Bio-Centric View [13]: "The system and the ecosystem" and "Anti-environmentalists are stuck in the past"
(6) Leaders, Role models, and Success Stories [17]: "A woman in science," "Young people," and "A new kind of political leader"

(7) Life and Family [5]: "Lessons my father taught me are worth sharing"
(8) A Lifetime of Activism [6]: "Starting the David Suzuki Foundation" and "The declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE"

If I was to choose one favorite essay from this collection, I would choose "The Declaration of Interdependence." As of 2014, this essay has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Don't feel compelled to start with the first essay and then read each in sequential order. What I did was that I jumped around, choosing the essays that interested me, both within a particular section and between sections.

Finally, the only problem I had with this book is that the date a particular essay was published is not mentioned on the essay itself. As well, we are told that there are "new essays never published in a book" that are included in this book. These new essays are not indicated.

In conclusion, this is a definitive selection of David Suzuki's most thought-provoking scientific and philosophical writings. I leave you with five steps (of ten) developed by the David Suzuki Foundation that can be taken by ordinary citizens to reduce environmental impact:

(1) Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances.
(2) Eat meat-free meals once a week.
(3) Use transit, carpool, walk, or bike one day a week.
(4) If you buy a car, make sure it's low polluting and fuel efficient.
(5) Learn more about conserving nature and tell others what you have learned.

(Copyright 2003 and 2014; foreword; preface; 8 sections or 105 essays; epilogue; references; index; credits; The David Suzuki Foundation)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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4.0 out of 5 stars The nature of David Suzuki, May 9 2004
This review is from: David Suzuki Reader, The (Paperback)
Although some of the articles in this anthology have appeared in Mr.Suzuki's earlier collections, the chance to own a healthy biopsy of all of them shouldn't be passed up. For a geneticist once focused on the chromosomes of fruit flies, his knowledge of the world encompasses a surprisingly large area. He writes of the general myopic vision that is devastating the Earth, while gently stressing the interconnectedness of all things. Any effort to prevent or even mitigate environmental and spiritual disaster should be dutifully read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting into words what we all know is true, Feb. 28 2005
This review is from: David Suzuki Reader, The (Paperback)
Suzuki does an excellent job of explaining the connections in
our lives with the world we live in. He reminds us that as much
as our modern societies become insulated from the planet we
live on and overly rely on modern technologies, the amount of destruction and loss of what we haven't even discovered is enormous. Dr.Suzuki is clearly one of the great thinkers of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 27 2015
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