"We are on the edge of
a global catastrophe, and it's time politicians took
the warnings of scientists to heart. We need vision and leadership
-- for the sake of our children."1a
ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
"Global economics must
be exposed for what it is -- a complete perversion. To begin
with, economics is a chauvinistic invention, a human
creation based on a definition of value solely by the
criterion of utility to our species. As long as we can
see a use for something and hence can realize a profit from it, it has economic worth.
Yet it is the ecosystem that is the fundamental "capital"
on which all life depends. Financial leaders manipulate the
monetary system for immediate profit with little regard for
environmental or human consequences."1b
is perverted because it impoverishes much of the Third World by
seducing its people with the blandishments of technological
"progress." . . . To pay, Third World countries mortgage their
future by selling off irreplaceable capital -- their natural
resources. Brazil, for example, has teetered on the brink of
economic collapse for years. . . It is criminal to
destroy . . . forests merely to service the interest on
international debt, for when they are gone, Brazil will
still be mired in debt."1c
" . . . [T]he rich
countries, which have only 20 percent of the planet's population,
consume 80 percent of its resources."1d
" . . . [C]urrency
speculators are now more powerful than governments. . . Few
governments can stand up against more than U.S. $600 billion in
daily currency speculation on stock markets around the world. "It is an insane game in which money can be bought
and sold to make more money. In this kind of game, money
can be created faster than things in the real world like food,
fish, or trees, and the players don't have to worry about
"It is ironic that most
scientists today receive a doctorate in philosophy without ever
having taken a course in the discipline."1f
"During my education in
graduate school, I was never taught that being a
scientist entailed enormous social responsibilities. .
. . No one told us that there are limits to science
. . . There is no code of ethics governing our activity
. . .
"We don't learn that geneticists were the prime movers behind
the Nazi Race Purification program and that the voices of
opposition to Hitler from scientists and doctors were silent."1g
"The explosion of the
atomic bomb smashed the romantic notion of scientific innocence."1h
David T. Suzuki (1936- ).
The David Suzuki Reader: A lifetime
of Ideas from a Leading Activist and Thinker.
With a Foreword by Bill McKibben. David Suzuki, 2003.
Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, a division of Douglas &
David T. Suzuki
(1936- ). The David Suzuki Reader: A
lifetime of Ideas from a Leading Activist and Thinker.
With a Foreword by Bill McKibben. David Suzuki, 2003. Vancouver,
BC: Greystone Books, a division of Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.
INTERCONNECTIONS aGlobal Warming, at 65.
ECONOMICS AND POLITICS bThe
Ecosystem as Capital, at 95. cIbid.,
at 96. dEndless
Growth -- an Impossible Dream, at 108. eThe
Wall Street Journal's Insane Criteria, at 134.
SCIENCE AND ETHICS fScience
and Ethics, at 239. gGenetics
after Auschwitz, at 242. hIbid.,