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Force Of Nature

On the eve of his 74th birthday, iconic scientist, broadcaster and educator David Suzuki delivers his legacy lecture.

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"For the first time since life appeared on earth, one species –  us – is single-handedly altering the physical, chemical and biological nature of earth. We have become a force of nature."

– David Suzuki

Constructed around a filmed speech that scientist-broadcaster David Suzuki gave to a sold-out audience at the University of British Columbia, this documentary about his life could be the most persuasive argument yet that saving the environment is the most critical fight for human rights occurring today. Without clean water and air, as Suzuki says, we are not only destroying the environment; we are destroying us. The speech can indeed be compared to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream; when describing the air we breathe and the atoms we share as an irrefutable commonality – a bond with the past, present and our children's future. The documentary itself is a little deceiving, though: It is well-paced and well-produced. But by seamlessly incorporating stories of Suzuki's life and how he came into science and environmentalism, the film accomplishes the immensely difficult task of accentuating Suzuki's extraordinary, historic speech and yet not distracting from it.

 – Guy Dixon, The Globe & Mail

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