I watched the documentary “Force Of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie” yesterday at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival held in Sydney (using a press pass from sponsors RIM, a Canadian company which created the Blackberry smartphone).
My first few years of primary school eduction were experienced in Toronto, Canada and I remember watching David Suzuki’s show on TV as one of the reasons I became interested in the environment.
David Suzuki was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1936. He has had a long and prolific career as a scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster and author. His scientific field is genetics, but he is best known for his television and radio programs that examine and explain the natural sciences, including “The Secret of Life” and “A Planet for the Taking.” He is the co-founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, which was established in 1989 to advocate and educate people about environmental conservation, sustainable ecology and climate change.
Force Of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie was filmed before a live audience. In front of a memory box of moving, distilled images, he articulates a core, urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we re-think our relationship with the natural world.
Suzuki looks unflinchingly at the strains on our interconnected web of life and out of our dire present circumstances, he offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life. As such, the film is a biography of ideas – forged by the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years.
During his travels David has met Aboriginal people from all around the world including Australia. He noticed that they all believe we are part if the environment and everything we do to it comes back to effect us. There’s no line that divides the air from us, the water from us etc. The “economy” which is treated with great reverence by politicians, business and the media is a part of the environment, yet the environment gets treated shabbily in comparison.
David Suzuki has spent a lifetime of thinking about how we are all connected. In the video below David Suzuki explains how we interact with the air around us:
At 74, and coming the end of his scientific and broadcasting career, Suzuki mused on the notion: “If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?” The result is a very special “Legacy Lecture” full of humour, warmth, insight and passion.
At a packed house at the Perth Convention Centre in late 2010, Suzuki voiced his long-time frustration at the obsession for economic growth at the sacrifice of nature, while urging us all to strive for a sustainable future.