Jan 02, 2013
David Suzuki’s Andean Adventure airs on THE NATURE OF THINGS, Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV
With world economies and environments in crisis, are there alternative paths to economic development that respects the environment? This January 10 on THE NATURE OF THINGS, David Suzuki’s Andean Adventure explores some of the more creative and ambitious ideas emerging out of South America that are challenging the status quo.
David Suzuki’s Andean Adventure airs on THE NATURE OF THINGS, Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV. It rebroadcasts Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV.
“The challenge of environmentalism is to show that we remain deeply embedded in and dependent on nature for our well being,” said David Suzuki. “In Ecuador and Bolivia, Pachamama (Mother Nature) plays a central role in shaping government policy and offers a powerful paradigm shift in how we see ourselves within the biosphere.”
Both Bolivia and Ecuador are carrying out radical experiments. Ecuador has given constitutional rights to Nature, and David Suzuki is there as two determined US residents of Ecuador stand up for the rights of a river, and take a provincial government to court, on behalf of Mother Nature. Also in Ecuador, a revolutionary economic proposal to not exploit its vast oil reserves beneath the Yasuni National Park has gained ground. In Bolivia, the world’s largest lithium reserves, the new “21st century gold”, lie in its huge Andean salt flats, and the country is attempting the near impossible: to create a home-grown industry that will power the electric cars of tomorrow. These collective paths to development are about “Living Well”, in harmony, with a longer-term view of wealth and prosperity.
It’s an enormous undertaking with enormous consequences for these countries and the world. Explore these issues in David Suzuki’s Andean Adventure, and see why Suzuki says it’s one of the most important episodes he has worked on.
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