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David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the <a href="http://www.davidsuzuki.org" target="_blank">David Suzuki Foundation</a>. 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 26 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, B.C.
Blog - David Suzuki May 24
David Suzuki | It's one thing to argue over solutions, but to reject the need for them is suicidal. To claim people can't talk about climate change because they use fossil fuel-derived products is nonsensical.
Blog - David Suzuki May 17
Image: Flickr/Fibonacci Blue
David Suzuki | If more people truly understood the enormity of the climate crisis, we'd be engaged in an all-out effort, comparable to those undertaken during world wars, to reduce the threat.
Blog - David Suzuki May 10
8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest
David Suzuki | We work the same hours as 20th century labourers, depleting Earth's resources to produce more goods that we keep working to buy, use and replace in a seemingly endless consumer cycle.
Blog - David Suzuki May 3
Image: Flickr/Province of British Columbia
David Suzuki | Beyond existing commitments to reduce methane emissions by 45 per cent, governments must work to eliminate them from this sector by 2030, with strong regulations, monitoring and oversight.
Blog - David Suzuki April 26
Image: Vimeo/Mike Odin's Alaska Adventures
David Suzuki | Grizzlies face growing threats across their North American range, from trophy hunting to habitat destruction, declines in food sources like salmon and whitebark pine nuts, and climate change impacts.
Blog - David Suzuki April 19
"Science is golden" protest sign.
David Suzuki | Of all the many solutions to global warming and other environmental problems, none is as powerful as people getting together to demand change.
Blog - David Suzuki April 12
An NHGRI researcher uses a pipette to remove DNA from a micro test tube
David Suzuki | Combining crowd-sourced scientific data, public policy reform and consumer activism could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.
Blog - David Suzuki April 5
Fish kill
David Suzuki | Protected areas are one aspect of keeping coastal ecosystems healthy. Responsible stewardship also requires effective fisheries management, strong penalties for polluters and emissions reductions.
Blog - David Suzuki March 29
Clean Energy March in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016.
David Suzuki | Science offers great tools for understanding and innovating. We owe it to ourselves to at least understand how science acquires and integrates knowledge and what that means.
Blog - David Suzuki March 22
"I don't believe in Global Warming" on a wall. Climate change denial by Banksy
David Suzuki | In this "post-truth" era of infinite information, it's difficult to get a good grasp on many subjects, let alone one as complex and massive as global warming.
Blog - David Suzuki March 15
  David Suzuki tests the green waters of the Hart River.
David Suzuki | On March 22, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Peel watershed case. A positive ruling could not only protect the Peel, but also the rights of First Nations in future land-use planning.
Blog - David Suzuki March 8
David Suzuki | What kind of "eminent scientists" would sign something claiming carbon dioxide "is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth"?
Blog - David Suzuki February 28
David Suzuki | Making America -- or any place -- great doesn’t mean embracing 18th century technology in the 21st.
Blog - David Suzuki February 23
David Suzuki | In November, scientists overseeing at-risk species in Canada said the government should list the monarch butterfly population as endangered.
Blog - David Suzuki February 15
dirty tap water
David Suzuki | The David Suzuki Foundation and Council of Canadians have published a report card rating government progress on its commitment to ending drinking water advisories in nine First Nations in Ontario.
Blog - David Suzuki February 8
Newspaper headline, "Great Storm Hits after 4-inch rain"
David Suzuki | Trying to communicate complex ideas and distill entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.
Blog - David Suzuki February 1
David Suzuki | It's ironic that after a history of facing genocidal policies, North America's original peoples are leading a struggle on behalf of us all.
Blog - David Suzuki January 25
Sleeping at work
David Suzuki | A lot needs to be done to reform our economic systems and to address critical issues like pollution and climate change. Reducing work hours is one way to make substantial gains.
Blog - David Suzuki January 18
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Carl Chapman
David Suzuki | If we want to keep health costs from rising, we should focus on keeping people healthy rather than dealing with them after they're sick.
Blog - David Suzuki January 11
David Suzuki | Biomimicry has inspired applications ranging from producing energy through artificial photosynthesis to building lightweight support structures based on the properties of bamboo.
Blog - David Suzuki January 4
Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Rydevik
David Suzuki | Like Pope Francis's 2015 encyclical, the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity" was an attempt to galvanize the world to recognize the implications of humanity's path and the urgent need for change.
Blog - David Suzuki December 14
Photo: Steven Depolo/flickr
David Suzuki | We can all do our part to reduce consumption. We might find we're happier when we do.
Blog - David Suzuki December 6
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Paxson Woelber
David Suzuki | One thing governments could do to ensure caribou survive and thrive in the face of development: listen to the people who have shared the area with caribou for countless years.
Blog - David Suzuki November 30
Nuu-chah-nulth people with dugout canoes on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
David Suzuki | If the government is serious about its commitment to a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, it should set the tone through policies to address historic injustices, such as in commercial fishing.
Blog - David Suzuki November 23
Image: Flickr/Mark Klotz
David Suzuki | The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.
Blog - David Suzuki November 16
Image: Flickr/NPS Climate Change Response
David Suzuki | We can't count on governments to make the changes we so desperately need. It's up to us. We must be the change.
Blog - David Suzuki November 9
Polar Bears on Thin Ice
David Suzuki | Clean air, water and soil to grow food are necessities of life. So are diverse plant and animal populations. But as the human population continues to increase, animal numbers are falling.
Blog - David Suzuki November 1
Image: Wikimedia Commons/New Zealand Defence Force
David Suzuki | Spills and disasters illustrate the immediate negative impacts of our overreliance on fossil fuels.
Blog - David Suzuki October 26
Image: Flickr/Michael
David Suzuki | Solutions and opportunities could and should be included in these debates, as well as in media coverage and everyday conversation.
Blog - David Suzuki October 19
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Foerster
David Suzuki | Globally, social justice organizations such as Oxfam note that human hunger is not and need never be inevitable. It's caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity.

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