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“Force of Nature, The David Suzuki Story” CINEMA VILLAGE, DEC 2nd, 2011 Article by Sharon Abella

"Force of Nature, The David Suzuki Story”, is an important documentary about nature and the environment, that will be showing at Cinema Village, located at 22 East 12th Street, NYC beginning on Dec 2nd, 2011.

Dr. David Suzuki, is an iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist referred to as the godfather of the environmental movement. In the documentary, “Force of Nature”, he delivers his last lecture, which he refers to as ”a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, and what I want to say before I die.”  This film makes a nice adjunct to “The Island President”.

He touches on the following facts, “The human relationship with the planet has transmogrified.  We have become a force like no other species. In the 3.8 billion years that life has existed on Earth, the ascension to this position of power has happened with explosive speed. It took all of human existence to reach a population of 1 billion people early in the 19th century and in less than 2 centuries it shot straight up past 7 billion. Each time the population of the planet doubles, the people who are alive at that moment number more than all of the other people who have ever lived.  Now, we are also living more than twice as long as people did in the past so our numbers and longevity alone mean that as the most numerous mammal on the planet, we now have a very heavy ecological footprint. It takes a lot of land, air and water to support us and keep us alive.  A global economy built on supplying an ever expanding consumer demand exploits the entire planet as a source of raw materials. Our numbers, our vast technological muscle power, our exploding consumer demand and global economy, we have become a new kind of force on the planet. One species, us is single handedly altering the biological, physical and chemical nature of the planet in a mere instant in cosmic time. We have become a “FORCE OF NATURE”.

Aside from the interview above, you really must watch, “FORCE OF NATURE”, and learn what Dr. David Suzuki has spent his entire life studying.   He goes further in depth to discuss the economic meltdown of 2008, capitalism and it’s significance in relation to nature, climate change, our forests, argon in the air, the extinction of 50,000 species, the depletion of fish, the biosphere and the challenge of making things right and living with harmony and balance.

Article by Sharon Abella