110+ David Suzuki Quotes On Environment, Climate Change And Environmental

Top 10 David Suzuki Quotes (BEST)

  1. Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can't expect them to help protect and care for it.
  2. If all humans disappeared today ,the earth would start improving tomorrow.If all the ants disappeared today ,the earth would start dying tomorrow.
  3. Change is never easy, and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things.
  4. If one day I look out from my cabin's porch and see a row of windmills spinning in the distance, I won't curse them. I will praise them. It will mean we are finally getting somewhere.
  5. In nature there is no such thing as waste. In nature nothing is wasted; everything is recycled.
  6. If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.
  7. Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.
  8. If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.
  9. A baby nursing at a mother's breast... is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature.
  10. One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child.

David Suzuki Short Quotes

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  • Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die.
  • All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident.
  • You are what you do, not what you say.
  • Just as human activity is upsetting Earth's carbon cycle, our actions are altering the water cycle.
  • The voluntary approach to corporate social responsibility has failed in many cases.
  • There are some things in the world we can't change.
  • More than a billion people lack adequate access to clean water.
  • Plastic bags are bad and for the most part unnecessary.
  • We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.
  • Even meeting Kyoto targets barely makes a dent in what we have to achieve.

David Suzuki Quotes On Environment

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We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit. — David Suzuki

We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly. — David Suzuki

It's time we stopped ignoring the environment. Let's not let another election go by without making this a high priority. — David Suzuki

Our choices at all levels-individual, community, corporate and government-affect nature. And they affect us. — David Suzuki

From year to year, environmental changes are incremental and often barely register in our lives, but from evolutionary or geological perspectives, what is happening is explosive change. — David Suzuki

Many organic practices simply make sense, regardless of what overall agricultural system is used. Far from being a quaint throwback to an earlier time, organic agriculture is proving to be a serious contender in modern farming and a more environmentally sustainable system over the long term. — David Suzuki

The environment is so fundamental to our continued existence that it must transcend politics and become a central value of all members of society. — David Suzuki

We all live downstream — David Suzuki

David Suzuki Quotes On Climate Change

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Doing all we can to combat climate change comes with numerous benefits, from reducing pollution and associated health care costs to strengthening and diversifying the economy by shifting to renewable energy, among other measures. — David Suzuki

The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced. — David Suzuki

Human beings are often at their best when responding to immediate crises - car accidents, house fires, hurricanes. We are less effective in the face of enormous but slow-moving crises such as the loss of biodiversity or climate change. — David Suzuki

Humanity is facing a challenge unlike any we've ever had to confront. We are in an unprecedented period of change. — David Suzuki

More than any other time in history, the 1990s will be a turning point for human civilization. — David Suzuki

Each of us has the ability to act powerfully for change; together we can restore that ancient and sustaining harmony. — David Suzuki

David Suzuki Quotes On Environmental

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There is a gyre of discarded floating plastic the size of the continental USA in the ocean. In it, plastic trash outweighs plankton 40 to 1. — David Suzuki

If we have any hope of finding ways for seven billion people to live well on planet with finite resources, we have to learn to use our resources efficiently. Plastic bags are neither efficient nor environmentally friendly. — David Suzuki

Beyond reducing individual use, one of our top priorities must be to move from fossil fuels to energy that has fewer detrimental effects on water supplies and fewer environmental impacts overall. — David Suzuki

Humans are now the most numerous mammal on the planet. There are more humans than rats or mice. Humans have a huge ecological footprint, magnified by their technology. — David Suzuki

The terrible part of this looming catastrophe is that people have been working on solutions for years and have developed concrete steps to massively reduce our energy use, while stimulating whole new industries and technologies that are more efficient and affordable. — David Suzuki

And that, quite simply, is the issue. We live in a finite world with finite resources. Although it may sometimes seem quite big, earth is really very small - a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe. — David Suzuki

Our planet has not seen an extinction crisis as serious as the one in progress for 65 million years. — David Suzuki

Less than 10% of the fuel energy burned in automobiles is translated into forward motion of the vehicle and even then most of this energy is needed to move the vehicle itself, which typically weighs 20 times more than its passengers. — David Suzuki

Environmentalism isn't a discipline or specialty. It's a way of seeing our place in the world. And we need everybody to see the world that way. Don't think 'In order to make a difference I have to become an environmentalist.' — David Suzuki

Each of us now has 2.27 kg (5 lbs) of plastic embedded in our bodies. — David Suzuki

David Suzuki Quotes On Future

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The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home. — David Suzuki

Japan is a model already to the lie that economic growth is the key to our future. If they can really show an alternative to nukes and fossil fuels, then they will be the poster boy for the renewable energy for the future. — David Suzuki

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage - curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called 'the future.' — David Suzuki

We must reinvent a future free of blinders so that we can choose from real options. — David Suzuki

I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect. — David Suzuki

David Suzuki Quotes On Spiritual

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Aboriginal people are key because they have a different sense of where we belong and how we interact with nature. — David Suzuki

Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles. — David Suzuki

The one thing I feel is very hopeful, however, is the overwhelming participation of women in the movement for change. — David Suzuki

With an estimated population of nine billion people by 2050, we cannot continue to consume resources at the same rate and maintain our quality of life. — David Suzuki

David Suzuki Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Just as fossil fuels from conventional sources are finite and are becoming depleted, those from difficult sources will also run out. If we put all our energy and resources into continued fossil fuel extraction, we will have lost an opportunity to have invested in renewable energy. — David Suzuki

Any scientist who tells you they know that GMOs are safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long-term effect will be. — David Suzuki

We can't blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn't put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it's dirty and dangerous. — David Suzuki

So we draw lines around our property, our counties, our cities, our states, our countries. And, boy, do we act as if those lines are important. I mean, we go to war. We will kill and die to protect those boundaries. Nature couldn't give two hoots about our national boundaries. — David Suzuki

If we humans are good at anything, it’s thinking we’ve got a terrific idea and going for it without acknowledging the potential consequences or our own ignorance. — David Suzuki

The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels. — David Suzuki

Water is our most precious resource, but we waste it, just as we waste other resources, including oil and gas. — David Suzuki

If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts. — David Suzuki

The fact of the matter is that today, stuff-selling mega-corporations have a huge influence on our daily lives. And because of the competitive nature of our global economy, these corporations are generally only concerned with one thing - the bottom line. That is, maximising profit, regardless of the social or environmental costs. — David Suzuki

Some solutions are relatively simple and would provide economic benefits: implementing measures to conserve energy, putting a price on carbon through taxes and cap-and-trade and shifting from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy sources. — David Suzuki

Rapid population growth and technological innovation, combined with our lack of understanding about how the natural systems of which we are a part work, have created a mess. — David Suzuki

I can't imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive. — David Suzuki

Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life's breath, the ocean of air that envelopes the earth. — David Suzuki

Humans are an infant species, a mere 150,000 years old. But, armed with a massive brain, we've not only survived, we've used our wits to adapt to and flourish in habitats as varied as deserts, Arctic tundra, tropical rainforests, wetlands and high mountain ranges. — David Suzuki

Any politician or scientist who tells you these [GMO] products are safe is either very stupid or lying. — David Suzuki

Conserving energy and thus saving money, reducing consumption of unnecessary products and packaging and shifting to a clean-energy economy would likely hurt the bottom line of polluting industries, but would undoubtedly have positive effects for most of us. — David Suzuki

Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favor the interests of business over citizens. — David Suzuki

The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work. — David Suzuki

When I was a kid, being outside was the norm. Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house. — David Suzuki

If Canada, one of the richest nations in the world, can't meet Kyoto targets, why should China or India give any considerations for meeting the targets? — David Suzuki

My parents survived the Great Depression and brought me up to live within my means, save some for tomorrow, share and don't be greedy, work hard for the necessities in life knowing that money does not make you better or more important than anyone else. So, extravagance has been bred out of my DNA. — David Suzuki

It's not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren't the worst problem with fracking. — David Suzuki

We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control. — David Suzuki

With the world's human population now at seven billion and growing, and the demand for technology and modern conveniences increasing, we can't control all our negative impacts. But we have to find better ways to live within the limits nature and its cycles impose. — David Suzuki

Scientists have been warning about global warming for decades. It's too late to stop it now, but we can lessen its severity and impacts. — David Suzuki

The event of creation did not take place so many eons ago, astronomically or biologically speaking. Creation is taking place every moment of our lives. — David Suzuki

Other things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. — David Suzuki

For the sake of our health, our children and grandchildren and even our economic well-being, we must make protecting the planet our top priority. — David Suzuki

Thanks to evolution, our bodies have powerful ways to ward off illness and infection and enable us to live long and healthy lives. Why, then, do health costs continue to climb at unsustainable and frightening rates? — David Suzuki

Outright bans on plastic bags may not be the best solution, but education and incentives to get people to stop using them are necessary. — David Suzuki

For the first time since life appeared on earth, one species- us- is single-handedly altering the physical, chemical and biological nature of earth. We have become a force of nature — David Suzuki

Economics and a reliance on science and technology to solve our problems has led to an unsustainable situation where continued growth in consumption is required for governments and business to be considered successful. This is a form of insanity. Economics is at the heart of our destructive ways and our faith in it has blinded us — David Suzuki

Hydraulic fracturing requires massive amounts of water. Disposing of the toxic wastewater, as well as accidental spills, can contaminate drinking water and harm human health. — David Suzuki

We must pay greater attention to keeping our bodies and minds healthy and able to heal. Yet we are making it difficult for our defences to work. We allow things to be sold that should not be called food. Many have no nutritive value and lead to obesity, salt imbalance, and allergies. — David Suzuki

People.. especially people in positions of power.. have invested a tremendous amount of effort and time to get to where they are. They really don't want to hear that we're on the wrong path, that we've got to shift gears and start thinking differently. — David Suzuki

On December 7, 1941, an event took place that had nothing to do with me or my family and yet which had devastating consequences for all of us - Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in a surprise attack. With that event began one of the shoddiest chapters in the tortuous history of democracy in North America. — David Suzuki

Nature surrounds us, from parks and backyards to streets and alleyways. Next time you go out for a walk, tread gently and remember that we are both inhabitants and stewards of nature in our neighbourhoods. — David Suzuki

We are playing Russian roulette with features of the planet’s atmosphere that will profoundly impact generations to come. How long are we willing to gamble? — David Suzuki

Pearl Harbor was the defining event in my life. It shaped who I am, and all of my hang-ups and my drives, I think, stem from that. — David Suzuki

Japanese people cut their energy use by 25 percent immediately after Fukushima. They showed there was huge opportunity there. And instead, the government simply wants to get those plants up and running again. — David Suzuki

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades - and evidence is mounting that what's happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act. — David Suzuki

The government's desire to expand global trade may be understandable, but we mustn't give away too much. We must tell our elected representatives to at least delay the Canada-China FIPA until it has been examined more thoroughly, and to reconsider the inclusion of investor-state arbitration mechanisms in all trade deals. — David Suzuki

Perhaps the whole world is actually a banquet, to which every living thing is invited. First you come as guests: then eventually you're on the menu. — David Suzuki

Many scientists and economists also say putting a price on carbon through carbon taxes and/or cap-and-trade is necessary. — David Suzuki

What about our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren? Do we not want them to live healthy and happy lives? — David Suzuki

So now the challenge is to imagine a different world where our wealth is in human relations and the things we do together, and we learn to live in balance with the rest of nature. — David Suzuki

Despite the international scientific community's consensus on climate change, a small number of critics continue to deny that climate change exists or that humans are causing it. Widely known as climate change "skeptics" or "deniers," these individuals are generally not climate scientists and do not debate the science with the climate scientists. — David Suzuki

You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what the ecologists are finding out, because we have to live within the conditions and principles they define. Instead, we've elevated the economy above ecology. — David Suzuki

Canada, more than any nation, will be affected by rising sea levels from global warming. — David Suzuki

Each time I visit Japan, I am reminded of how Canadian I am and how little racial connection matters. — David Suzuki

Our identity includes our natural world, how we move through it, how we interact with it and how it sustains us. — David Suzuki

Because countries often have differing political and economic systems, agreements are needed to protect those invested in trade. — David Suzuki

How do commercial interests usually protect themselves from liability claims? Through insurance. In fact, in our society, the litmus test for safety is insurance. You can be insured for almost anything if you pay enough for the premium, but if the insurance industry isn't willing to bet its money on the safety of [biotechnology], it means the risks are simply too high or too uncertain for them to take the gamble. — David Suzuki

Although they [light and medium trucks] have only 5% of the transportation market..., they account for fully 35% of greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation. — David Suzuki

My earliest memory from childhood is of fishing with my father. And I remember vividly we were in a store, and we were buying a pup tent to go on our first camping trip. — David Suzuki

Wind power, if not properly planned and sited, can harm birds and bats (although Danish studies of 10,000 bird kills revealed that almost all died in collisions with buildings, cars and wires; only 10 were killed by windmills). Alternative energy sources are absolutely necessary. Global warming will kill birds and bats, as well as other species, in much greater numbers than wind power. — David Suzuki

Planting native species in our gardens and communities is increasingly important, because indigenous insects, birds and wildlife rely on them. Over thousands, and sometimes millions, of years they have co-evolved to live in local climate and soil conditions. — David Suzuki

Conventional economics is a form of brain damage. Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world, it is destructive. — David Suzuki

Think about a seed. Once it lands, it's stuck. It can't move to find better soil, moisture or sunlight. It's able to create every part of itself to grow and reproduce with the help of air, water and sun. — David Suzuki

If we continue to set human borders and the economy as our highest priorities, we will never come to grips with the destructiveness of our activities and institutions. — David Suzuki

Feeding our energy appetite is top of mind for many people these days. — David Suzuki

As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside. — David Suzuki

We no longer see the world as a single entity. We've moved to cities and we think the economy is what gives us our life, that if the economy is strong we can afford garbage collection and sewage disposal and fresh food and water and electricity. We go through life thinking that money is the key to having whatever we want, without regard to what it does to the rest of the world. — David Suzuki

If America wants to retain its position as a global power, its president must listen to the people and show strong leadership at this turning point in human history. — David Suzuki

Come on Canada, it's time to kick our bad habits and get into shape! — David Suzuki

We have become a force of nature. — David Suzuki

Life Lessons by David Suzuki

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  1. David Suzuki's work has taught us to value and protect the environment, as it is essential for our survival.
  2. He has also shown us that science and activism can be combined to make a positive difference in the world.
  3. Finally, he has demonstrated that everyone has a role to play in protecting our planet for future generations.

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