David Suzuki at the National Press Club

18 Oct

Brilliant. This is on ABC as I speak. Go to The David Suzuki Foundation. Rich in wit but even more in wisdom, David Suzuki exposes more eloquently than most the poverty of our politicians, especially the Bush/Howard variety, and the folly of a worldview founded on the primacy of “the economy”. Incidentally, he also makes a mockery of the tragic obsessions of fundamentalists and terrorists alike.

And it isn’t wankery. It is based on a solid and earthy realism about the nature of things. His arguments are quite simply incontrovertible in their founding premises and thrust if not in ever detail, but he is quite honest about the provisonality of and limitations on our knowledge, and his. We ignore Suzuki at our peril, and those who make a career of mocking Suzuki and environmentalism generally are in the end dancing on our graves: Tim Blair is just one self-congratulatory know-all cynical example, and very often Michael Duffy is another, though less predictable and less cynical.

See also:

  • David Suzuki: of John Howard, Kyoto, wind power and downloading the future. ( 12 September 2006)
  • CO2nnedNew Internationalist July 2006: “…we’ve been had. Carbon offsets not only don’t solve climate change, they can even worsen it by delaying the inevitable need to end the fossil-fuel frenzy we’re all a part of. Harsh words? Maybe. But the reality of climate change will be even harsher if we don’t take real action now. Don’t be CO2nned by promises of being carbon ‘neutral’. It’s time to be positive. Take the first step by filtering out the climate spam.”
  • Nuclear’s Second WindNew Internationalist September 2005: “Nuclear is becoming cool again, thanks to concerns over global warming.”

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5 responses to “David Suzuki at the National Press Club

  1. james rewi

    October 26, 2006 at 11:44 am

    How can I purchase this address of Mr.Suzuki at the National Press Club 18th Oct. 2006.? Have searched everywhere, the staff at the ABC seem to be out for lunch … all day. David, the best speaker since David Lange. Hes my grandchildrens kinda guy.

  2. Ninglun

    October 26, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    If neither the ABC nor the National Press Club offers a transcript, see SBS Dateline 18 October for a good interview conducted around the same time as the NPC talk.

  3. Marietta

    October 30, 2006 at 9:15 am

    The National Press Club of Australia has DVD and transcripts available for purchase of the David Suzuki Address. Transcripts and DVD’s are generally available of all our speakers. Visit the website or call on 02 6121 2199.

  4. ninglun

    October 30, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for that information. Many people seem to be interested.

  5. princess sophia

    November 21, 2006 at 2:21 am

    david suzuki is my IDOL!

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