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The Sacred Balance - Journey into New Worlds

In the past half-century science and technology have worked wonders - healing disease, extending human life spans, cloning life forms, communicating instantaneously with the other side of the globe. But along with all this progress there have been terrible costs: environmental, social, and spiritual.

In this episode, David Suzuki travels to Arizona, England, Massachusetts and to the Pacific Northwest rainforest in search of a new vision of the Earth and our place on it - a worldview we once had but seem to have forgotten. David looks back on the promise and limitations of Isaac Newton's reductionist science, sharing a personal journey that began with his work at the forefront of genetic research in the early 1960s through to his ecological epiphany on British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands.

With James Lovelock, physiologist Ary Goldberger, astronaut Julie Payette, and biologist Thomas Reimchen.

'THE SACRED BALANCE is a spiritual, holistic and almost poetic take on the science of the launch[es] the viewer's mind into a different space.' Liane Faulder, The Edmonton Journal

'Suzuki's talent has always been to take broad scientific topics and decipher and deliver them to viewers in plain, accessible terms. He's very good at it...while there's much to digest in this series, his tone is always patient and pragmatic' Andrew Ryan, The Globe and Mail

'THE SACRED BALANCE is a challenge to all who watch it, a cornucopia of amazing comments and predictions. It's designed to make you think.' Jim Bawden, Toronto Star, Starweek Magazine

'Stunning cinematography and state of the art computer graphics' Andrea Nemetz, Halifax Chronicle Herald

'An enthralling, beautifully shot series...It's one of the most important and engrossing programs you'll see all year... [it] might very well go down as the crowning achievement in the career of David Suzuki.' Basem Boshra, The Montreal Gazette

'A timeless piece, brilliantly conceived and executed, and an example of science and environment exposition at its best.' E.O.Wilson, Harvard University

'Strikingly beautiful and sometimes even profound...[it] becomes increasingly affecting as it piles up scientific research with remarkable dexterity.' Tony Atherston, The Ottawa Citizen

'Recommended' Educational Media Reviews Online

'[A] captivating examination of how the Earth's systems interact and depend on one another...Approaching the subject from a wide variety of cultural and philosophical viewpoints, Suzuki makes the point that we are a vital part of this 'web of life, ' and challenges viewers to feel that connection and then change the way we act towards our planet.' Teacher Librarian

'Features stunning visuals and is unique in providing a multicultural perspective and philosophical points of view not usually studied with science.' School Library Journal


Main credits

Metivier, Michelle (film director)
McConnell, Amanda (screenwriter)

Other credits

Director of photography, Neville Ottey; editor, Steve Weslak; music composed by John Welsman.

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Distributor subjects

Air Pollution
Environmental Ethics
Forests and Rainforests
Indigenous Peoples
Physical Science
Science, Technology, Society


Suzuki, scientific worldview, Isaac Newton, reductionist science, Queen Charlotte Islands, James Lovelock, Ary Goldberger, Julie Payette, Thomas Reimchen; "Journey into New Worlds"; Bullfrog Films

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