Volume 91, Issue 30

Wednesday, October 22, 1997

Suzuki side kick


Suzuki drives home vision

By Sabrina Carinci and Yaseen Nimjee
Gazette Staff

James Pugsley

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki delivered his very long infomercial to a capacity crowd last night at Althouse College. His speech was filled with a series of scientific facts, references and quotes which ranged from Maslow to Dr. Frankenstein.

Suzuki referred to three fundamental needs of life which included air, water and earth. He said these three needs, along with clean energy and love, are essential to all life on earth and thus need to be protected and respected.

Throughout the lecture, Suzuki used both Japanese nature-worship and Judeo-Christian references to illustrate the severity of the ecological crisis the world is facing. He went on to mention several statistics including; the human use of 16 to 300 times more top soil than is being created by nature and that two-thirds of the world's forests have been destroyed and the last third will be destroyed within the next 40 years. Suzuki addressed human apathy by saying, "Why are we unable to act? We fail to see that everything is exquisitely interconnected."

Suzuki made a point of outlining how natures' wastes and pollutants allowed for the creation of increased ecological activity. When asked why his views did not accept that human pollution is also natural, Suzuki delivered a roaring answer in which he stated it was simply not acceptable. He also responded by saying "nature will continue in its own cycle despite what humans do." The human cycle, however, cannot exist in the same manner.

Suzuki ended his speech by saying we have to look to nature and allow it to set its own limits. He said humans can't destroy nature and then expect to be able to re-create it, as there are only 1.4 million species that scientists have given names to. There is an estimated 10 to 100 million species in the world which scientists do not know anything about.

Suzuki's new book The Sacred Balance: A Vision For Life On Earth is available at The Book Store at Western for $29.95 and all of its profits will be donated to the Suzuki Foundation.

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