To our buddies in Invermere, dont miss your chance to hear David Suzuki and his presentation, The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Bottomline. And lucky for us here in the Bow Valley, we can hear the talk as well by clicking through this link and signing up.
I want to speak freely without fear that my words will be deemed too political, and harm the organization of which I am so proud.
The website offers an idea about David Suzukis presentation:
Noting that humanity has undergone massive shifts, Suzuki says the global economy has transformed our species into a geological force.
We are altering the biological, chemical and physical properties of the planet, he says. In this, the Age of Man, “We are undermining the very life support systems of the planet: Air, water, soil, photosynthesis and biodiversity.”
Suzuki will outline the crux of the problem we face as a newly urbanized species, and how big-city living has changed our worldview and our priorities.
For most of human existence, we understood we were a part of and utterly dependent on nature, but in a hundred years, we have been transformed from an agricultural species to a big city dweller, he says.
In a big city, it’s easy to think as long as we have a few parks to camp and play in, we don’t need nature.
In a city, our highest priority becomes our jobs, because we need jobs to make money to buy the things we think we need. So the economy becomes our highest priority and we forget that the very word economy comes from the same Greek word, oikos, as ecology.
Suzuki will explore how the defects in our economic paradigm ensure the destruction of the biosphere. He will also offer information as to how we can address these defects.