The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Nature - 272 pages
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"We've got lots of nuts-and-bolts accounts of our environmental predicament -- leave it to David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor to back up and give us the big view that puts things in perspective. A necessary book!" -- Bill McKibben

"Suzuki asks us to think beyond just swapping cloth bags for plastic, and instead consider and change the state of not just our neighborhood, but htat of our primary residence -- the Earth." -- Winnipeg Free Press

The world's leading environmentalist delivers an urgent assessment of the planet's state and offers science-based solutions. David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor look beyond our environmental problems to examine the forces that are preventing real change. Whether they're discussing how to reconcile economy with ecology or why we may need to start eating jellyfish for dinner, they point in the direction we must go if we hope to meet the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century. Covering suburban sprawl, sustainable transportation, food shortages, biodiversity, technology, public policy, and more, The Big Picture identifies the problems facing our world and proposes solid, sciencebased solutions.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation

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This book is superb and I suggest that anyone who has a concern for the fate of posterity must pick it up. It is laid out in such a way that you can pick it up for 5 minutes or even read it cover to cover in one sitting. Suzuki provides a gripping illustration of what our society has become and what is needed to ensure a sustainable future. His personal anecdotes touch on a wide range of themes and tie in nicely with the vast array of topic that is elegantly writ into his book. I give this four stars because I have no other precedent by which to judge his writing, but seriously recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science, humanity and our planet.  

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About the author (2009)

David Suzuki is an acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, and the founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is the author of more than forty books and is the recipient of the unesco Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, the unep’s Global 500 award, and has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada. In addition, he holds eighteen honorary degrees and he has been adopted into three First Nations clans. Suzuki lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

David Taylor is a journalist, writer, and former Director of Communications with the David Suzuki Foundation. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and other newspapers and magazines across Canada. He has also written for television and film and is a past winner of the CBC’s Signature Shorts screen writing competition. Taylor graduated with honours from the University of Victoria, where he also completed the post-graduate Harvey Southam professional writing program and was the first person to receive the Harvey Southam Award for his thesis on journalism ethics. He lives with his family in New Westminster, British Columbia.

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