Pity for David Suzuki

06 Apr

I enjoy sarcastic and cynical humor. I often engage in writing it. However, this post is not sarcasm.

We should pity David Suzuki. In a recent interview, he made a comment that is worth noting:

TckTckTck: Like so many of us, you express huge frustrations that we are not where we need to be to save this planet from dangerous climate change. Yet you have this indomitable spirit and refuse to get lost in cynicism or despair.

Dr. David Suzuki: I do despair. My wife and I huddle at night and weep for our helplessness. We are losing big-time and I’m enough of a scientist to see we are heading right down the tube. Judging by the past twenty years, we are going backward.

Despair? Huddling at night and weeping?

I see no reason to believe that Suzuki is lying. This means that he really does despair for our planet, literally weeping with his wife at night. Poor guy.

I personally see no scientific basis for such intense concern for the planet’s future. If we didn’t have thermometers I doubt anyone would have noticed the .8c increase over the past century. What is this intense fear based on? I’m really unsure. Could Suzuki be so foolish as to base his despair on computer modeling?

Climate skeptics seem to be far more optimistic about our planet’s future than environmentalists. I can’t speak for all of them. For me, it’s not just a scientific argument (or a complete lack of evidence for drastic claims), it is also an economic argument. An increase in global prosperity allows nations to afford economic conservation (a luxury good), and as long as governments don’t hinder the economy too much, the world will continue to become richer. Europe and the United States are protecting their environments far more than in the past, not less.

Suzuki is 75 years old. He is absolutely certain to not see any significant impacts of climate change. I’m sure that he weeps for his descendants, and for the planet in general. As a member of the younger generation (and a parent as well), I do appreciate his candor and genuine concern for the world which I, and my children, are to live in. Thanks Dave.

But here’s my message to you. You’ve overestimated the dangers which lie before us, and you’ve underestimated our capabilities. Please, don’t assume you are one of the enlightened few that could have saved me and my generation if only your peers would have listened. You’ve been at this fight for over 20 years and haven’t yet garnered support for any significant action. You can choose to view this as a failure, and weep bitterly at night for the lost window of opportunity which could have saved humanity. Or, you can assume there is a valid reason why your ideas didn’t gain traction, and have faith that future generations can take care of themselves.

Dave, go to bed, hug your wife, and stop crying. We’re fine. Really.



Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized


8 responses to “Pity for David Suzuki

  1. klem

    April 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    “What is this intense fear based on? I’m really unsure. Could Suzuki be so foolish as to base his despair on computer modeling?”

    Although he is a scientist, I have grave doubts about Suzuki’s scientific skills. He always speaks in such emotional terms, he fills me with doubt. I have seem videos of him screaming like a school girl sometimes. I remember about 10 ten years ago he debated a scientist from Ontario who had published a paper saying that black people were not as bright as whites who were not as bright as Chinese, or something as preposterous as that anyway. At the debate Suzuki didn’t debate him at all, he stood there and made no rational arguments, it was all emotional blathering from Suzuki. The other guy should have been on his heels defending his spurious opinions and he should have lost the debate badly, but he didn’t. He didn’t have to defend his paper at all, Suzuki had no significant criticism, just emotional blathering. It was embarrassing. I’ve never seen anything like it. Why is he the best Canada can come up with?

  2. badbeta

    April 10, 2011 at 12:53 am

    He’s the best our state broadcaster, the CBC can come up with. Fruit Fly as he is better know as is a total fraud with his collection of homes and his high living ways(shades of ManBearPig). Wait till he waxes on about population control and then check out his five children. He knows nothing about climate but he does know how to scam.

  3. Tim M

    April 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    You’re quite wrong about Snoozuki not having “garnered support for any significant action”.

    His appearance at a Parliamentary Committee led the federal government to inflict heaavily subsidized corn-based ethanol on the taxpayer. Not only did ethanol prove to have a larger carbon footprint than gasoline, but the diversion of corn from food to fuel production led to the famous taco riots in Mexico and elsewhere as millions could no longer afford to eat.

    Isn’t that something David should be weeping about?

  4. Sam

    April 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Good point Tim. I was referring to his support of international agreements on climate change (the subject of the interview), but Suzuki has advocated more than just the international agreements.

    However, I would still characterize his support as tepid, at best. Especially in the past few years. But I’m not Canadian, so maybe I just don’t hear about him as much in the states?

  5. Robert

    May 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

    “I personally see no scientific basis for such intense concern for the planet’s future.”

    While should a climate scientist be reassured that a scientifically ignorant climate denier does not see the “scientific basis” for “intense concern”? Deniers have made a cottage industry out of being willfully blind to the facts.

  6. Sam

    May 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Robert, Suzuki isn’t a climate scientist. His degree is in zoology and his field is genetics. His opinion about climate change is no more valid than mine, even if you happen to determine validity by what degree you’ve been given.


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