The pair, authors of recently published books, appeared Sunday at the Word on the Street book festival in Toronto.
They called for the environment to stop taking a back seat to economic concerns such as jobs and growth.
Suzuki says economists and decision-makers in finance and politics should start thinking about ecological principles — concern for the rules that let species survive — and ensure their decisions incorporate environmental sustainability.
Rubin, former chief economist for CIBC, argues that the first step is to realize endless growth is short-sighted, given the finite supply of easily accessible resources and the environmental toll of consumption and industry.
The tour includes eight more talks in six provinces and ends Nov. 8 in Victoria.
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