There are those who first survive their youth, then harness knowledge and experience throughout their prime and later use it to weave a tapestry of understanding which, if properly attended, reaches the level of wisdom.

Such is the case for long time environmentalist and activist David Suzuki who has been in the consciousness raising business for much of his adult life.  That journey has led him to what seems to me to be an obvious truism, namely that infinite economic growth and expansion within a finite environment is simply impossible.

In this May 6, 2013 lecture at Western Washington University he expands on this notion in the context of our looming environmental crisis.  As much as anyone he has been marginalized and ridiculed for his work in environmental awareness, but if we’re serious at all about the effects of anthropogenic climate change, now and in the near future, it would be wise to think about that old saying:  there is a reason god gave us two ears and one mouth.  We should listen at least twice as much as we speak, and in this case, to our elders.

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