The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature
by David Suzuki (2007)
An Environmental Guru
David Suzuki is the man!! Yes, I am aware that I’m to write a little something about the book rather than the author, but I just wanted to get that out of the way. David Suzuki is quite definitively one of the most prominent faces in Canadian environmentalism (check out the David Suzuki Foundation), and has authored a number of books on science, nature, and the environment.
This one in particular is a pretty cohesive examination of the various elements that make up our environment. Suzuki takes us with him as he examines the soil, water, and air, that constitute our livelihood. He then what explores the impact of human activity, and the corresponding devastation. Finally he wraps things up with insight on how we can potentially diminish (or resolve) the detrimental effects of human activity. It’s pretty much a package deal. The first step is being informed, and becoming aware of what’s going on. The latter part is what to do about it.
Regaining Our Balance
Suzuki provides us with a clear reminder that man, and consequently his organizations, are very much a part of nature. Unfortunately, there has been what appears to be a collective amnesia when it comes to this very fundamental fact. As a result, Suzuki takes us on a literary journey to remind us of our connections to the natural world, and delivers to the reader a constructive framework for rediscovering the balance. He reminds us all to be a vigorous defender of your world.
A Rich Life
I grew up watching him on The Nature of Things, a Canadian doc-series that explores science, the natural world, and the fascinating discoveries that have helped us decipher some of the mystery behind it all. It was a staple on CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and pretty influential for yours truly. After all these years, Suzuki is still at it trying to enlighten us, and share some of the wonder and inspiration hidden in plain view. It requires a closer look at the world. With greater patience and mindfulness, but we can regain the balance.
The Nature of Things – 50th Anniversary
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