David Suzuki – The sacred balance

Who doesn’t know David Suzuki?

I moved to Canada in 2015, and it was not long before I heard about the man, his actions, his convictions and the Foundation.

In a desire to “Canadianize” myself quickly, I borrowed the first book from him that I found at the library (randomness has its charm). I watched interviews where he tells how his childhood memories are full of souvenirs of fishing with his dad in a still-preserved Canada. I immediately liked his smiling eyes and sense of humor.

My point here is of course not to try to synthetize The sacred balance, but to say why I liked it and what I will remember from it.

I would recommend reading the book first because it awakened my interest in science. And guess what? I was bewitched. By the magic of the chlorophyll, the fact that I may have breathed air molecules breathed by Gandhi, the nature of fire and the steadiness of H2O molecules. If you want to learn or re-learn about science, this is a good, accessible-to-everyone book. The chapters are dedicated to each of the elements (air, water, earth, fire) and the last one deals with positive actions that we can implement on our daily lives to reduce our environmental footprint.

The necessity of harmony between us, other creatures and the elements is a very present idea. There is a deep spiritual meaning to this harmony he makes a call for.

For me, the most important take-away from the book is the following quote, that entailed major changes in my day-to-day life:

 “Make ‘disposable’ an obscene word and favour the reusable over the recyclable.”

(See article My journey from disposable to reusable – 1st mile)

Finally, I would like to end with a list of concrete and relatively easy steps that Suzuki says are the most impactful we can have:

  • Reduce home energy by 10%
  • Eat meat-free meals one day a week (See http://meatlessmondays.ca/)
  • Buy a fuel-efficient, low-polluting car
  • Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances
  • Stop using pesticides
  • Walk, bike or take transit to regular destination
  • Prepare your meals with locally grown food
  • Choose a home close to regular destinations
  • Support alternatives to the car
  • Get involved, stay informed

If you are looking for an inspiring and useful read for the summer, look no further!