Applying for Membership
If you agree with our values stated in the Declaration of Interdependence, our Constitution, and in our perspective, and you wish to join the Suzuki Elders, consider completing the application form below.
DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE
The Declaration of Interdependence expresses the David Suzuki Foundation’s values as an organization. It was written for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
This we know
We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
Linked in that web, we are interconnected — using, cleansing, sharing and replenishing the fundamental elements of life.
Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth.
For the first time, we have touched those limits.
When we compromise the air, the water, the soil and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.
This we believe
Humans have become so numerous and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, dammed the great rivers, torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped holes in the sky.
Our science has brought pain as well as joy; our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.
We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin, and we now build a new politics of hope.
We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil.
We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong.
And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever, full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.
We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.
So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk after us, and err on the side of caution.
This we resolve
All this that we know and believe must now become the foundation of the way we live. At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.
The Suzuki Elder Perspective
(approved 19 September 2013, by the Suzuki Elders’ Council)
Elders are one source of society’s collective memory and we have a responsibility to share this.
In our words and actions as Suzuki Elders:
1. We draw upon our lived experience to tell our stories;
2. We consider how our work serves present and future generations, particularly the young;
3. We champion the wise use and conservation of Earth’s natural gifts and resources;
4. We apply commonly accepted principles of sustainability and social justice;
5. We use a realistic, positive framework;
6. We are informed and guided by the David Suzuki Foundation’s Aboriginal Peoples Policy and Declaration of Interdependence, and the Suzuki Elder purpose.
Aboriginal Peoples Policy, David Suzuki Foundation
In pursuit of its goals, the David Suzuki Foundation recognizes the rights and title of Aboriginal Peoples, guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2010). The David Suzuki Foundation commits to respectfully engage with Aboriginal Peoples when its work concerns their interests.
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