Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Connection To Nature: David Suzuki (2000)


This is from the 2000 video, The Nature Connection. The purpose behind his video is to connect children with nature by introducing young and growing minds to their outdoor non-urban surroundings; one of the leaders is David Suzuki, world renown conservationist, who is famous in Canada for the CBC documentary show, The Nature of Things:
Dr. David Suzuki leads a group of children on twelve field trips to discover different aspects of the environment and learn how we are all "connected" to nature. Through their adventures, the children learn to appreciate their relationship with the environment and what they can do to protect it. The collection is designed to inform, stimulate and motivate parents and their children to take up an environmental project. It encourages the natural instinct children have for discovery, and increases their awareness of the beautiful and complex web of life and our place in it.”
An alienation from Nature is an alienation from a major and essential part of our world that engenders and betters our humanity. There is beauty in the world that can be found outside the confines of an electronic screen or of a shopping mall or cafe. That the natural world is worth preserving needs to go beyond talk, but requires action, such as this video demonstrates. International talks (COP21) have been taking place in Paris since November 29th, bringing together the leaders of 195 nations, and an agreement of some sort might be reached by December 11th.

Although politically important, what is more important is how such an agreement is understood locally at the thousands and tens of thousands of communities around the Earth. A notable example is the forest-conservation plans of Madagascar. Communities that preserve their forests and adopt climate-smart agricultural practices ought to be rewarded and receive some compensation, because as we keenly know what happens locally has ramifications internationally. This is the kind of forward-looking thinking that emboldens change and encourages others to become part of the solution to what ails our planet.

To be stewards of the Earth requires an acknowledgement that unlimited human activity in “conquering Nature” and what she possesses will eventually lead to our defeat. This is not mere poetic language, but is based on the many scientific facts before us. We humans have choices, and the ones we make today will influence the generations that come after us.