Sunday’s Sermon: Suzuki

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My parents were born in Vancouver — Dad in 1909, Mom in 1911 — and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me.

“Save some for tomorrow,” they often scolded. “Share; don’t be greedy.” “Help others when they need it because one day you might need to ask for their help.” “Live within your means.” Their most important was, “You must work hard for the necessities in life, but don’t run after money as if having fancy clothes or big cars make you a better or more important person.” I think of my parents often during the frenzy of pre- and post-Christmas shopping.

Read the “sermon” here.

SS: Environmental Rights

English: David Suzuki, Canadian environmental ...

English: David Suzuki, Canadian environmental activist Česky: David Suzuki, kanadský environmentální aktivista (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please join David Suzuki and the Blue Dot movement for a discussion on environmental rights in Canada — from the comfort of your own home!

When? Wednesday, November 16, 8 to 9 p.m. EDT.* 

The Blue Dot movement for environmental rights has exceeded all expectations. More than 100,000 people and 143 municipalities (representing 43 per cent of Canada’s population!) are already on board!

It’s time to celebrate, and take this campaign to the next level: a federal environmental bill of rights.  

On November 16, you can hear David Suzuki and a panel of guests talk about why securing a federal bill is so crucial, and what we need to do together to win.

We’ll also honour the tireless efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who helped us get here, celebrate two years of successes and discuss plans for 2017 and beyond.

Join us via live web stream. Gather family, friends and neighbours for an inspirational and educational evening. Please RSVP and we’ll send you the information you need to tune in. 

If you would like to ask panelists a question, please send it in advance to ccheema@davidsuzuki.org.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! 

RSVP now (if you’re in Montreal). OR, if you can’t get to Montreal on November 16, tune in via live-stream as we celebrate these successes and discuss plans for securing a federal environmental bill of rights by 2018.

David Suzuki Foundation

David Suzuki Foundation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suzuki Foundation

A lifelong love affair with the ocean

David and young Sarika

Dear Bob,

Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, David’s youngest daughter, is passionate about oceans — a love affair that started early. Her MSc on global fisheries at UBC’s Fisheries Centre culminated in a speech at the United Nations, where she revealed her shocking findings on the state of the high seas. Her work has taken her all over the world, from French Polynesia to the Gulf of Mexico, and she continues to fight to protect the oceans.

Dear Ocean.

You don’t know me, but I owe you everything.

When I was two, I learned to snorkel. That’s when I met you, face to face. You changed my life. I never looked back.

A few years later, I announced to my mom, “When I grow up, I am going to study the ocean. You can be my assistant.” I spent all my summers near you, playing in your company and learning all I could. You were always there for me.

In high school, people doubted us. They said following you would lead me nowhere. “There’s no future in oceans,” they’d say. I didn’t hear them. I knew we’d be okay.

But then I went to college and learned you weren’t okay. I found out you were sick. And worst of all: it was our fault. We took too much from you and used you as a garbage can. We didn’t understand you, and we took you for granted.

It broke my heart.

In grad school, I wanted to give up. What was the point? I wanted to help, I wanted to take care of you… but the scale of your challenges overwhelmed me. Where could I start? I was determined to be a voice. I published my research on you, and presented my findings to the United Nations. I studied your high seas, explored your coasts, completed another graduate degree to continue learning from you and became your outspoken advocate.

Dear Ocean, I have spent my life trying to get to know you, but there is still so much I don’t know. I will continue to work hard to understand your complexity and articulate your fragility. Thank you for your relentless generosity, your mentorship and, above all, your constant companionship.

Yours always,

Sarika

P.S. We invite you to fall (back) in love with nature this year. Join us in taking the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Share your own love letters to nature to inspire others and for the chance to win some great prizes!

 

The Ubiquitous Nature of Power

snowstorm01Why would an elected government cut services that would ultimately harm the economy when they build their campaigns on the economy?

Why would an elected government bring in legislation that would make it more difficult for the marginalized and the poor to vote?

Why are essential services that intervene in crises before they reach their ultimate social cost being underfunded or shut down?

Why are big prisons being built while the judicial system is stalled on a back-log it can’t process? How can we “get tough on crime” when we can’t bring criminals to court?

Why does the mainstream media in its news and entertainment programs promote an image of our world as greed-driven, macho, and violent while ignoring all the serious discussions around how to effectively deal with the problems? Continue reading