That David Suzuki, one of Canada's best-known scientist and naturalists, and Jeff Rubin, former CIBC chief economist, would get together for a speaking tour might sound a little unusual, but they're a better match than you might think.
After they met for the first time earlier this year in Vancouver, Suzuki and Rubin realized that they share a belief that a sustainable future can only be found at the intersection of ecology and economics. The ECO TOUR was born.
"The challenge with climate change is not how can we afford to reduce emissions, but how can we construct an economy that lives within the confines of nature's boundaries," said Dr. Suzuki. "The only thing we can change is what we create ourselves and the only thing we can manage is our own species. I'm looking forward to exploring these issues with Jeff Rubin, one of Canada's most respected economic thinkers."
"I am thrilled to be going on tour with David Suzuki, an icon to Canadians over the last four decades," said Mr. Rubin. "This tour is a great opportunity to share my message to a whole new audience, at a time when it has never seemed more urgent to recognize the limits to growth and what sustainability really means for our economy. Sustainability isn't just an abstract notion. It is the governing idea behind the kind of economy we need to foster."
Rubin and Suzuki agree that Canadians and global citizens can still create the future we want, but only if we are willing to relinquish the past we have known.
"As the boundaries of a finite world close in on us, our challenge is to learn that making do with less is better than always wanting more," added Rubin.
The tour will kick start in Toronto at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Festival on September 23. Current tour dates include:
September 23 - Toronto - with The Word On The Street
October 1 - Winnipeg - with McNally Robinson Booksellers
October 2 - Saskatoon - with McNally Robinson Booksellers
October 3 - Edmonton - with Greenwoods Bookshoppe
October 15 - Montreal - with McGill University Bookstore
October 16 - Guelph - with The Bookshelf
October 17 - Waterloo - with Wilfred Laurier University Bookstore
October 18 - London - with Western University Bookstore