In his weekly Science Matters column, the acclaimed environmentalist and scientist puts forward an open call for the general use of his foundation's research.
To all politicians looking for ways to reduce our footprint on nature – or, to use politician-speak, create an “environmental platform”: Knock yourselves out. Feel free to steal, pilfer, borrow, rent, filch or otherwise take any research my foundation does and put it to good use.
This may seem obvious to some, but the whole point of conducting and publishing this research is to get people to actually use it. As public education, it helps raise awareness of environmental problems. But more important, it provides solutions to those problems. And most of those solutions are best implemented by our political and business leaders, rather than by individuals.So if you ask me if it bothers me that politicians are stealing the solutions brought forward by my foundation, the answer is no. To use a computer term, we consider this information “open source.”
Open source.....a sentiment most bloggers could chime in on I think. For organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation, having their ideas and research implemented in policy is both the end goal and the purpose of their very existence. At no time that I recall have we insisted on politicians citing authors and academic sources for their speeches, policies and political agendas. The efforts by reporters and bloggers to vilify M. Dion smacks of partisanship, bias, hypocrisy, and arguably a direct attack against those who bring environmental concerns to the public eye.
For the reckless capitalists and right wing pundits of our culture, nothing is more fearsome than confronting the fact that we as people are indeed a part of the natural systems of this planet, and in the long run, our society will ultimately be accountable to the measure of its sustainability. To them I say, get ready for the reckoning. There's a lot more to come.