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.— David Suzuki
The most eye-opening David Suzuki quotes that are free to learn and impress others
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.
If all humans disappeared today ,the earth would start improving tomorrow.
If all the ants disappeared today ,the earth would start dying tomorrow.
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.
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.
In nature there is no such thing as waste. In nature nothing is wasted; everything is recycled.
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.
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.
If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.
A baby nursing at a mother's breast... is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature.
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.
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.
Aboriginal people are key because they have a different sense of where we belong and how we interact with nature.
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.
One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit.
Water is our most precious resource, but we waste it, just as we waste other resources, including oil and gas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.
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.
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.
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.
Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favor the interests of business over citizens.
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.
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.
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.
Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die.
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.
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.
Any politician or scientist who tells you these [GMO] products are safe is either very stupid or lying.
All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are what you do, not what you say.
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.
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.
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.
When I was a kid, being outside was the norm.
Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house.
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.
Outright bans on plastic bags may not be the best solution, but education and incentives to get people to stop using them are necessary.