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Nature General

Living Things We Love To Hate

Facts, Fantacies & Fallacies

by (author) Des Kennedy

foreword by David Suzuki

Publisher
Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
Category
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552853399
    Publish Date
    Mar 2011
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770502062
    Publish Date
    Dec 2013
    List Price
    $19.95

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If we knew slugs a little better, could we be friends? Des Kennedy says yes, adding that many living things that we find repulsive are, in fact, useful allies playing a vital role in our environment. Flora and fauna that have historically been given a bum rap are examined in these fascinating anecdotes about life on a small island. the book's ecological importance is reinforced in the foreword by David Suzuki, Canada's pre-eminent science broadcaster, geneticist and environmentalist.

About the authors

Des Kennedy is a novelist, essayist and veteran back-to-the-lander. The author of nine previous books, in both fiction and non-fiction, he has been three times nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He’s contributed many articles on environmental issues, gardening and rural living to a wide variety of publications in Canada and the United States, and has been featured on numerous regional and national television and radio programs. A celebrated speaker, known for his passion and irreverent wit, he’s performed at conferences, schools, festivals, botanical gardens, art galleries, garden shows and wilderness gatherings. Active for many years in environmental and social justice issues, he was an organizer of the successful civil disobedience campaign in Strathcona Provincial Park in 1988 and was recognized as a key supporter in the struggle to save Clayoquot Sound. In the ’70s and early ’80s, he lived and worked with two First Nations bands attempting to defend their traditional territories in north-central B.C. against industrial clear-cutting. In the ’90s he was a founding director of a successful community land trust on Denman Island. Des and his partner Sandy live a conserver lifestyle in their hand-built house surrounded by gardens and woodlands.

Des Kennedy's profile page

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, BC.

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