david suzuki quote

The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity - then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.
—  David Suzuki

Environmentalism is really about seeing our place in the world in a way that humans have always known up until very recently - that we are part of nature - utterly dependent on the natural world for our well being and survival.

                                              ~ David Suzuki

The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity - then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.
-David Suzuki
What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways, and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.
—  Environmentalist David Suzuki 
Business people and politicians tell me that I ‘have to be realistic; the economy is the bottom line.’ I was once told by a Canadian minister of the environment that ‘environmentalists should understand that we can’t afford to protect the environment if we don’t have a strong growing economy.’ So even a minister whose primary job is to protect the environment bows before the economy as the highest priority … By elevating the economy above ecological principles, we seem to assume that we are immune to the laws of nature. But since all of our most fundamental needs for survival come from the biosphere, raising this human-created entity – the economy – above that reality is suicidal.
—  David Suzuki, The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for our Sustainable Future