David Suzuki comes out swinging
Doctor David Suzuki speaks his mind at the Theatre of the Arts.
Suzuki's main theme was that society needs a better connection to the world around it. Interconnectivity means that people are easier to satisfy rather than when they try to buy happiness. "We're all caught up with this idea that I've got to work longer, harder in order to make money to get all this stuff. Nobody's asking, ‘Am I happier because I've got all this stuff?' I think it demands a reassessment of what our core values are."
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...) Suzuki's starkest message involved the concept of peak oil, the point in time where all of the easily accessible fossil fuels will have been discovered, after which oil supplies will rapidly deplete. The post-peak oil world will see suburbs, commuting, large houses and long distance food transport becoming impossibly expensive. "Some experts believed that we had hit peak oil in 2004. Others said, ‘No, you're crazy, we'll hit it in 2006 or 2007.' It's undeniable, it's here. The good news is that there are alternatives. The bad is that we still stick to our ruts and our old ways," said Suzuki. He claimed that Canada could be a fully sustainable country by 2030 provided it followed proper goals immediately. He cited European countries as examples for Canada to follow.