by Patricia Plackett On 26 October 2017 a salon organized by the Suzuki Elders examined the growing concern surrounding plastic in our oceans. The durability of plastic means that it never disappears, although it can break down into smaller and smaller micro-sized and nano-sized pieces. Of the plastic discarded on land, a surprisingly large amount… Continue reading Rethinking PLASTIC: Making change happen
Our world has become a more dangerous and unstable place. Civil security and stability have long been menaced by wars, military and territorial ambitions, and strong political and economic disparities. Within the last few decades new and increasingly menacing threats have emerged, many of them linked to environmental and socio-environmental changes and risks. During this… Continue reading Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace
by Jill Schroder The evening of January 31st, 2018 will permit some lucky ones of us to witness a Super Blue Blood Moon. It will be total lunar eclipse as well. Let’s take a moment to stop and drop into wonder and awe for our many glorious, intriguing celestial experiences. I’ve always had a special… Continue reading Super Blue Blood Moon 2018
by Patricia Plackett A summary of a Suzuki Elder Salon held on 26 October 2017, Vancouver, B.C. The salon was organized by: Mel Bilko, David Clayton, Erzsi Institorisz, Yiman Jiang, Maria Kim, David Plackett, Patricia Plackett and Erlene Woollard. Estimates suggest that between 5 and 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in oceans every… Continue reading What’s in Your Sushi?
by Peggy Olive Mahan Hall on Salt Spring Island was standing room only for the Coast Salish Culture Day this past Sunday, February 21st. The large turnout, including dozens of captivated children, was a welcome surprise for organizer, Joe Akerman, and the local First Nations band members who attended and performed for each other and… Continue reading Report on Coast Salish Culture Day
by Diana Ellis The Suzuki Elders are a voluntary group of self-identified elders working with, and through, the David Suzuki Foundation. At the core of the Suzuki Elders purpose statement is this: “We mentor, encourage and support other elders and the younger generations in dialogue and action on the environment.” For the past three years… Continue reading Elders, youth and the environment– we are in this together
Twenty-seven concerned elders gathered recently in a meeting room at the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia. The occasion was the Suzuki Elders’ first attempt at a Salon, defined as “a gathering where people talk in a way that is meant to be listened to and perhaps passionately acted upon”. Salons are incubators where… Continue reading The emotional challenges of global climate change