Climate Change: A Conversation with David Suzuki

Join us for a special presentation by David Suzuki with an introduction by Ian Mauro of the University of Winnipeg.

Monday, Sept. 19
Convocation Hall, U of S campus
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Climate change discussion
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Book signing

Humanity has become a force of nature.  Our numbers, technology, consumption and global economy have created an immense ecological footprint that is undermining the life support systems of the planet—the air, water, soil and biodiversity that make the planet habitable.  The driving force of our destructiveness is economics; a human construct that fails to include the services nature performs and pursues an impossible goal of endless growth which is the creed of a cancer cell. 

This is the Anthropocene, the period in geological time when we have become the major force shaping the physical, chemical and biological properties of the planet.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things. In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.”  His written work includes more than 55 books, 19 of them for children.

Ian Mauro is a professor and filmmaker at the University of Winnipeg specializing in climate change, food security and resource development issues. He has developed a trilogy of climate change films across Canada including Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, and the soon to be released Beyond Climate. His latest project combines filmmaking and mapping using the Prairie Climate Atlas.

This event is a collaboration between several units at the University of Saskatchewan: the O­ffice of the President, the School of Environment and Sustainability, the Undergraduate Environmental Programs Offi­ce, the Offi­ce of Sustainability, the Community Engagement O­ffice, the College of Arts & Science and the Sustainability Education Research Institute.

The presentation is also made possible by the support of The Word On The Street Saskatoon Book & Magazine Festival. To learn about additional presentations by David Suzuki at The Word On The Street Saskatoon on Sunday, Sept. 18, visit The Word On The Street website.