Audio | “We can affect the future by what we do today”: Canadian science communicator David Suzuki on the importance of preserving ecosystems

Listen to David Suzuki’s Survival Guide | Naked Ape to Superspecies >>

“Forget it […] even if we could bring all the species back to life we don’t know enough about the ecosystems to bring them back together – it would be like unscrambling an egg blindfolded, with a spoon.” – Biologist, naturalist, ecologist, and entomologist E.O. Wilson (“known for developing the field of sociobiology”) interviewed by David Suzuki in Ideas with Nahlah Ayed – Aug. 1, 2023 [34:50]

Wilson coined the phrase scientific humanism as “the only worldview compatible with science’s growing knowledge of the real world and the laws of nature”. Wilson argued that it is best suited to improve the human condition. In 2003, he was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto.

“Scientific humanism” in Wikipedia entry on E.O. Wilson (Date Accessed: 5 August 2023)

Never before in the four billion-year history of life on Earth has a single species been able to alter the geological, biological and physical features of the planet. As David Suzuki puts it, “We have evolved from naked ape to superspecies.” This first episode from his 1999 IDEAS series, The Naked Ape, explores the impact of human culture on the natural world. […]

He once said: “The future doesn’t exist. The only thing that exists is now, and our memory of what happened in the past. But because we invented the idea of a future, we’re the only animal that realized we can affect the future by what we do today.”

A world-renowned environmental activist, science communicator and broadcaster who has been at the forefront of environmentalism for more than five decades, Suzuki has devoted his life to educating people about the importance of preserving the environment and its ecosystems.
David Suzuki is best known as the host of CBC’s The Nature of Things, the longest-running science documentary series in the world. He has also authored over 40 books on topics like climate change, clean energy and sustainability. It’s safe to say that Suzuki is an authoritative voice on environmental issues in Canada and around the world.

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“National development and the development of tribal communities are
linked to each other.” –  Droupadi Murmu | Speeches by the 15th President of India >>
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Learn more about water-related issues that affect India’s tribal communities >>

“Together, we must endeavour to strengthen tribal communities which are the role model in preservation of water, forest and land, and learn from their connection with nature and the surrounding environment for the sake of the entire human race.” – journalist and tribal rights activist Dayamani Barla in The Wire >>

“Health spending by the Indian government as percentage of GDP has long been one of the lowest for any major country, and the public health system is chronically dismal.” – Pranab Bardhan in “The two largest democracies in the world are the sickest now” | Learn more:, 24 August 2020 >>

Watch “The Good Ancestor – The Legacies We Leave” (3 min.): An animation that explores the legacies we might leave for future generations >>

Links to some of the most important organisations, thinkers and doers that are leading the way and that have inspired the book The Good Ancestor by Roman Krznaric >>

See also | Accord | Articles by co-founder Mari Marcel Thekaekara | Shola Trust | Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment (posts)

Climate change | Audio | The Climate Question (BBC Podcast)

Environmental history and what makes for a civilization – Romila Thapar

Equations blog (Equitable Tourism Options)

Indigenous knowledge systems

Information provided by Indian government agencies and other organizations (FAQ)

Nature and wildlife | Crocodile | Elephant | Tiger | Mangrove forest | Trees

PARI’s tales from tiger territory | People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)

United Nations on climate change


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