How to speak truth to power when the world is a mess

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Media, such as the media, often play a big role in influencing how we perceive things and how we act.

From his days as an art-loving kid to being a broadcaster for more than 30 years, David Suzuki is famous for following his own path and making sure that the people he helps hear his message in an authentic and human way.

When the environmentalist and media personality traveled to China recently for The Global Search for Education Summit, he was greeted by visitors who affectionately chanted, “No tanks, no tanks.”

Now, with Brexit, global warming and a host of other important things in the world that Suzuki loves to talk about, it’s no surprise that his response about how important it is for people to properly listen to his message changed a lot of people’s minds.

Many may recognize Suzuki from his popular “David Suzuki: Myths, Realities & True Stories” program. Since 1986, the one-hour long documentary series has explored a wide variety of topics, like the environment, where Suzuki has gained a strong following worldwide.

It’s been debated whether or not we’ve already reached Peak Earth, as there have been more scientific studies and news items than ever before. However, Suzuki is also onto something when he says, “I think that a change in the way we see Earth, a change in the way we deal with the environmental problem and that we actually solve it in terms of agreeing to a way to do it with a will that is altruistic, that is non-exclusive and it works for all the people in the world.”

Suzuki tells us, “Since childhood, my philosophy has been that we have to go beyond a finite human relationship with nature and find a maximum relationship with nature. And so that’s what drives me every day, is the fact that we are not at peak Earth, that we’re not at the end of the world yet.”

And while Suzuki adds that he has heard some listeners who think that he simply doesn’t believe there’s a limit to human activity on Earth, he believes that his value systems are quite different.

“I think that there is no limit to humans, I think that there is a limit to nature, if we decide that we’re going to be pretty good stewards of our environment,” he says. “One problem is that we as humans are never good stewards of our environment. It’s not a coincidence that our offspring are often infertile, because we have a tendency to destroy our environment and take what’s not ours, then to think we’ll hand that down.”

Suzuki still believes in efforts to limit the rate of decline of the planet, but finds that an unwillingness to take action is what leads to it being at the end of the world.

And with the U.S. considering banning its imports of oil from foreign countries, such as Canada, it’s easy to see why Suzuki is not sure if we’re truly out of the woods yet.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the oil and pipelines. [It] may be that people decide that the oil is too expensive now. And maybe they’ll think that fracking [is better than exporting more oil], and they’ll use nuclear power to produce electricity. But I don’t know. I hope that people understand this is a deeply complex decision and that there’s nothing simple about this.”

What I do know is that Suzuki, who has more than 40 years of TV and radio broadcasting experience under his belt, is an expert in his field. And he continues to do his best to continue teaching people how to think and act in ways that will keep them, and the planet, at their best.

Give Suzuki’s latest approach to world relations, which was read by members of Congress at the Global Search for Education Summit, a read in the comment section below.

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