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David Suzuki Quote: “In nature there is no such thing as waste. In nature nothing is wasted; everything is recycled.”

In nature there is no such thing as waste. In nature nothing is wasted; everything is recycled.

— David Suzuki



David Suzuki Quote: “We all live downstream.”

We all live downstream.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”

If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.”

Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “It is not too late to take another path.”

It is not too late to take another path.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “I can’t imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.”

I can’t imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Conventional economics is a form of brain damage. Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world, it is destructive.”

Conventional economics is a form of brain damage. Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world, it is destructive.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “There is a gyre of discarded floating plastic the size of the continental USA in the ocean. In it, plastic trash outweighs plankton 40 to 1.”

There is a gyre of discarded floating plastic the size of the continental USA in the ocean. In it, plastic trash outweighs plankton 40 to 1.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Change is never easy, and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things.”

Change is never easy, and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things.

— David Suzuki



David Suzuki Quote: “The environment is so fundamental to our continued existence that it must transcend politics and become a central value of all members of society.”

The environment is so fundamental to our continued existence that it must transcend politics and become a central value of all members of society.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life’s breath, the ocean of air that envelopes the earth.”

Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life’s breath, the ocean of air that envelopes the earth.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’”

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Just as fossil fuels from conventional sources are finite and are becoming depleted, those from difficult sources will also run out. If we put all our energy and resources into continued fossil fuel extraction, we will have lost an opportunity to have invested in renewable energy.”

Just as fossil fuels from conventional sources are finite and are becoming depleted, those from difficult sources will also run out. If we put all our energy and resources into continued fossil fuel extraction, we will have lost an opportunity to have invested in renewable energy.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident.”

All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Aboriginal people are key because they have a different sense of where we belong and how we interact with nature.”

Aboriginal people are key because they have a different sense of where we belong and how we interact with nature.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades – and evidence is mounting that what’s happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act.”

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades – and evidence is mounting that what’s happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Conventional economics is a form of brain damage.”

Conventional economics is a form of brain damage.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.”

Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Doing all we can to combat climate change comes with numerous benefits, from reducing pollution and associated health care costs to strengthening and diversifying the economy by shifting to renewable energy, among other measures.”

Doing all we can to combat climate change comes with numerous benefits, from reducing pollution and associated health care costs to strengthening and diversifying the economy by shifting to renewable energy, among other measures.

— David Suzuki



David Suzuki Quote: “Love is the force that makes us fully human.”

Love is the force that makes us fully human.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Plastic bags are bad and for the most part unnecessary.”

Plastic bags are bad and for the most part unnecessary.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “And that, quite simply, is the issue. We live in a finite world with finite resources. Although it may sometimes seem quite big, earth is really very small – a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe.”

And that, quite simply, is the issue. We live in a finite world with finite resources. Although it may sometimes seem quite big, earth is really very small – a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Water is our most precious resource, but we waste it, just as we waste other resources, including oil and gas.”

Water is our most precious resource, but we waste it, just as we waste other resources, including oil and gas.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced.”

The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Human beings are often at their best when responding to immediate crises – car accidents, house fires, hurricanes. We are less effective in the face of enormous but slow-moving crises such as the loss of biodiversity or climate change...”

Human beings are often at their best when responding to immediate crises – car accidents, house fires, hurricanes. We are less effective in the face of enormous but slow-moving crises such as the loss of biodiversity or climate change...

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Our choices at all levels-individual, community, corporate and government-affect nature. And they affect us.”

Our choices at all levels-individual, community, corporate and government-affect nature. And they affect us.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Our identity includes our natural world, how we move through it, how we interact with it and how it sustains us.”

Our identity includes our natural world, how we move through it, how we interact with it and how it sustains us.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “We are playing Russian roulette with features of the planet’s atmosphere that will profoundly impact generations to come. How long are we willing to gamble?”

We are playing Russian roulette with features of the planet’s atmosphere that will profoundly impact generations to come. How long are we willing to gamble?

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Our planet has not seen an extinction crisis as serious as the one in progress for 65 million years.”

Our planet has not seen an extinction crisis as serious as the one in progress for 65 million years.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.”

We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die.”

Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “On December 7, 1941, an event took place that had nothing to do with me or my family and yet which had devastating consequences for all of us – Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in a surprise attack. With that event began one of the shoddiest chapters in the tortuous history of democracy in North America.”

On December 7, 1941, an event took place that had nothing to do with me or my family and yet which had devastating consequences for all of us – Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in a surprise attack. With that event began one of the shoddiest chapters in the tortuous history of democracy in North America.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work.”

The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “More than a billion people lack adequate access to clean water.”

More than a billion people lack adequate access to clean water.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a “slowmotion catastrophe” one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly.”

We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a “slowmotion catastrophe” one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “When I was a kid, being outside was the norm. Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house.”

When I was a kid, being outside was the norm. Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Debating the best way to do something we shouldn’t be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place.”

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn’t be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.”

I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “But human borders mean nothing to air, water, windblown soil or seeds or migrating fish, birds or mammals.”

But human borders mean nothing to air, water, windblown soil or seeds or migrating fish, birds or mammals.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels.”

The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “It’s not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren’t the worst problem with fracking.”

It’s not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren’t the worst problem with fracking.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “With an estimated population of nine billion people by 2050, we cannot continue to consume resources at the same rate and maintain our quality of life.”

With an estimated population of nine billion people by 2050, we cannot continue to consume resources at the same rate and maintain our quality of life.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Feeding our energy appetite is top of mind for many people these days.”

Feeding our energy appetite is top of mind for many people these days.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Thanks to evolution, our bodies have powerful ways to ward off illness and infection and enable us to live long and healthy lives. Why, then, do health costs continue to climb at unsustainable and frightening rates?”

Thanks to evolution, our bodies have powerful ways to ward off illness and infection and enable us to live long and healthy lives. Why, then, do health costs continue to climb at unsustainable and frightening rates?

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “If we continue to set human borders and the economy as our highest priorities, we will never come to grips with the destructiveness of our activities and institutions.”

If we continue to set human borders and the economy as our highest priorities, we will never come to grips with the destructiveness of our activities and institutions.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Outright bans on plastic bags may not be the best solution, but education and incentives to get people to stop using them are necessary.”

Outright bans on plastic bags may not be the best solution, but education and incentives to get people to stop using them are necessary.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “Some argue we should get coal, oil and gas out of the ground as quickly as possible, build more pipelines and make as much money as we can selling it here and abroad. Their priorities are the economy and meeting short-term energy needs so we can live the lives to which we’ve become accustomed.”

Some argue we should get coal, oil and gas out of the ground as quickly as possible, build more pipelines and make as much money as we can selling it here and abroad. Their priorities are the economy and meeting short-term energy needs so we can live the lives to which we’ve become accustomed.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “A book is like a single tree in a forest, in that it exists in conjunction with and because of a great many others around it.”

A book is like a single tree in a forest, in that it exists in conjunction with and because of a great many others around it.

— David Suzuki


David Suzuki Quote: “We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control.”

We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control.

— David Suzuki

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