978-1-55054-966-9 / 1550549669

The Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature

by Suzuki, David

Publisher:Greystone Books



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In this vivid gathering of words and images, scientist/environmentalist David Suzuki and documentary filmmaker Amanda McConnell pay homage to earth, water, air, and fire and their manifold interplay. Virtually all the planet's human cultures agree that the world is made up of discrete elements. Some traditions count four, others fewer, others more. But virtually all of those cultures hold, too, that these elements are the primal stuff of the nature that we humans "emerged from, remain embedded in, and are utterly dependent on." Water's metamorphoses, they write, "keep the world alive at every level, from the planetary to the cellular"; from water came life, and in water life was sustained. At some unimaginably distant point in the past, they continue, some ancestral cyanobacterium split molecules of water apart, "adding its hydrogen atoms to carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make sugar" and producing free oxygen: the air that allowed life to diversify and expand. Add the energy wrought by sunlight, and photosynthesis enters into play; bring dead plants to the stony earth, and you have soil; with those foundations, life diversifies even further; and so on to the present, when much of the work of creation is being undone. Poetic but grounded in good science, the authors' narrative--illustrated by superb, oversized photographs--makes for a lovely creation story. --Gregory McNamee

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