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David Suzuki at Occupy Vancouver

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"Let's Put The Eco Back Into Economics"

David Suzuki, a long time environmental activist speaks here at Occupy Vancouver, October 2011.

"For me, the Occupy Movement is about Ecos: the Greek word for household or domain. It's about defining our place in community - in the state, in the nation, and in the biosphere. What is our home? How do we live in it sustainably, with opportunity and meaning and happiness as our highest aspiration?

On his blog, he writes: "Like these students and protesters, I've been thinking about our dysfunctional economic paradigm. I share the anxiety that we are sacrificing too much to a system driven by three fallacies: that well-being can only be measured in money, that distribution does not matter, and that the economy can grow forever."

Suzuki is well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment. He speaks here directly to the Canadian government, and their endorsement of GMO foods among other things.

David Suzuki is the host of the CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. He co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us." The Foundation's priorities are oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change, clean energy and sustainability.

--Bibi Farber