Dr. David Suzuki is one of the world's foremost leaders of
the environmental movement. An outspoken
activist, he is well known for his work with the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC), his books (over 30 published!) and his research in genetics
and ecology. We here at dhlovelife think he's the coolest!
David Takayoshi Suzuki and his twin sister Marcia were born
in Vancouver, Canada in 1936. A Japanese-Canadian sansei (3rd
generation Japanese), David learned early on about the hardships of life. After
World War II broke out in 1939, David and his family were placed in separate Japanese
intern camps in 1942 until the end of the war. This was a defining moment in young David's
life. Since there was no school the first year, David spent much of his time in
the mountains exploring. His father, a
nature enthusiast, had encouraged him early on to appreciate nature.
The Canadian government had sold off his father's dry-cleaning
business during the war. Still, Suzuki's
family managed to reunite and David lived a relatively normal life, albeit a
nomadic one. A bright student and member of the NAACP, he graduated from Amherst College
in 1958 with an Honors BA in Biology and went on to receive a PhD from the University of Chicago in Zoology.
It was then that Suzuki went on to do stints on TV in order
to drum up support for the sciences. He soon got his own show, Suzuki on Science in 1971; four years
later he started Quirks and Quarks,
steadily gaining a loyal following. In 1979, Suzuki started hosting The Nature of Things, one of CBC's most
popular and well respected shows, which still airs to this day.
Suzuki is the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates from universities around the world and has received numerous awards, including the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal, and an induction as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was voted one of the top 10 Greatest Canadians in 2004. He is currently the chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and hosts CBC's The Nature of Things. He is also an advocate for civil liberties and is a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union and of the B.C. Civil Liberties Society.
Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and their two children in Vancouver, B.C. He and his family produce only one bag of garbage per month, reusing or recycling everything else. His daughter Severn is also an outspoken environmental activist. Suzuki enjoys fishing, camping and exploring the world of insects and tidal pools in his spare time.
Check out: www.davidsuzuki.org
For Suzuki's column: www.cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/Suzuki/home.html
For Suzuki's video clips: www.archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-74-663/people/david_suzuki