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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 15
University of Alberta. Image: IQ Remix/Flickr
David Suzuki | If a university isn't the place to air a range of ideas about the geophysical, social, and economic consequences of profligate fossil fuel use, we should worry about the future of academic inquiry.
Blog - David Suzuki May 8
Image: CECAR/Flickr
David Suzuki | Cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the least expensive, most effective ways to address climate change.
Blog - David Suzuki May 1
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David Suzuki | The debasement of public discourse through poorly moderated online commenting and unreliable media has spawned an army of people who don't concern themselves with facts or logical consistency.
Blog - David Suzuki April 24
Traffic in Beijing. Image: Safia Osman/Flickr
David Suzuki | To meet our climate commitments and protect citizens from pollution and climate disruption, we need policies and regulations to make all vehicles -- including trucks and SUVs -- less polluting.
Blog - David Suzuki April 17
Image: Mark Klotz/Flickr
David Suzuki | If people, especially those in positions of power, truly understood the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, they would be doing everything possible to confront and resolve it.
Blog - David Suzuki April 10
Image: Mike Beauregard/Flickr
David Suzuki | As with climate change, we have ample evidence that we're facing a biodiversity crisis, we know what's causing it and we have numerous solutions. It's time to act.
Blog - David Suzuki April 3
Image: Backbone Campaign/Flickr
David Suzuki | Despite hopeful rhetoric leading to the 2015 Paris climate summit, neither the federal nor provincial governments are doing enough to indicate they even understand the severity of the climate crisis.
Blog - David Suzuki March 27
Chris Jordan’s (US) work “Gyre” depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world‘s oceans every hour. All of the plastic in his image was collected from the Pacific Ocean. Image: Ars Electronica/Flickr
David Suzuki | New research concludes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times larger than previously estimated, with 79,000 tonnes of plastic churning through 1.6 million square kilometres of the North Pacific.
Blog - David Suzuki March 20
Image: Selena/Flickr
David Suzuki | Transportation accounts for about 14 per cent of global emissions and is now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S., mostly from cars and trucks.
Blog - David Suzuki March 13
Cape Town, South Africa. Image: Bobby Bradley/Flickr
David Suzuki | World Water Day on March 22 reminds us that as the human population continues to grow, putting greater demand on all resources, and as climate change exacerbates drought, we can't be complacent.
Blog - David Suzuki March 6
Protest sign. Image: Paul Graham Morris/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Community-led renewable energy projects provide a way for people to become active producers of energy rather than just passive ratepayers or consumers.
Blog - David Suzuki February 27
David Suzuki | Skepticism and rational debate are healthy. Logical fallacies, misinformation and lies designed to support destructive industries by duping the gullible and muddying the waters are unconscionable.
Blog - David Suzuki February 20
Rally outside U.S. Congress to oppose EPA head Scot Pruitt. Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Extracting, processing, selling and transporting polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels isn't the best way to ensure economic prosperity.
Blog - David Suzuki February 13
Running water. Image: Eli.berckovitz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | A David Suzuki Foundation report finds the government failing on eight of 14 indicators developed to assess its progress on ending all long-term drinking advisories in First Nations communities.
Blog - David Suzuki February 6
Mushrooms. Image: Stu's Images/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Could the same six-legged creatures that form the backbone of ecosystem services also help minimize humanity's environmental footprint? Could insects revolutionize the way we eat and produce food?
Blog - David Suzuki January 30
Orca whale. Image: Gail Hampshire/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | West Coast conservation groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are calling for an emergency order to protect Canada’s most endangered marine mammal: southern resident orcas, or killer whales.
Blog - David Suzuki January 23
Jose Angel Gurria. Image: Jose Angel Gurria/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | In Gurria we have one of the world's most influential economists urging dramatic climate action, including a higher, and rising, price on carbon.
Blog - David Suzuki January 16
Site C Dam Construction Site. Image: Jeffrey Wynne/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | In Canada, large-scale projects such as Site C in B.C. and Muskrat Falls in Labrador run counter to our commitments to combat climate change and respect Indigenous Peoples' rights.
Blog - David Suzuki January 10
Shopping cart facing the aisle of a grocery store. Photo: Brian Talbot/flickr
David Suzuki | How did "throw-away," "disposable" and "planned obsolescence" become part of product design and marketing? It was deliberate.
Blog - David Suzuki January 2
Jungle burned for agriculture in southern Mexico. Image: Jami Dwyer/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Where will we be 25 years from now? It won't be chance that determines our future. It will be the choices we make today.
Blog - David Suzuki December 12
Image: patrick janicek​/Flickr
David Suzuki | It's no time to be complacent. We must show that we shine brighter. Knowledge, kindness and solidarity can overcome ignorance and fear.
Blog - David Suzuki December 5
Photo: Ryan L. C. Quan/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | If we're the cause of the problems, then we must stop blaming "nature" or "God." We have to take responsibility and tackle them with the urgency they require.
Blog - David Suzuki November 28
 Photo: Saskatechwan Proud/Facebook
David Suzuki | Any real comparison between oil sands and lithium batteries shows that oil sands products, from extracting and processing to transporting and burning, are by far the most destructive.
Blog - David Suzuki November 21
Photo: SumOfUs/Flickr
David Suzuki | Each of us has a responsibility to change the way we live to minimize our carbon footprint, but we need the folks we elect to step up and restore our confidence.
Blog - David Suzuki November 14
Photo: Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Canada/Flickr
David Suzuki | A long-held belief that big hydro projects are the most economically sustainable energy options is fast losing support as renewable energy costs plummet and projects multiply worldwide.
Blog - David Suzuki November 7
European Space Scientists View the NASA Data Visualizations. Photo: U.S. Department of State
David Suzuki | It's hard to imagine anyone could read this report, or read about it, and not be convinced we have an urgent problem and failing to put everything we can into resolving it puts our survival at risk!
Blog - David Suzuki October 31
Photo: Mark Klotz/Flickr
David Suzuki | Although most of our elected representatives acknowledge climate change and the need to act, some have been compromised by the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - David Suzuki October 24
Photo: Pixabay
David Suzuki | In response to the need for action to protect and restore caribou habitat to reverse the creatures' decline, the Forest Products Association of Canada has done its part to stall the necessary changes.
Blog - David Suzuki October 17
The Orca known as AT3 of the Alaska Transients. He is the last member of the AT1 pod to be born since the Exxon-Valdez spill. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Blazejewski​
David Suzuki | The 76 southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast, Canada's most endangered marine mammal, are particularly threatened by oil spills.
Blog - David Suzuki October 10
Bee collecting pollen. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jon Sullivan
David Suzuki | If we care about the quality and security of our food sources -- and the species and ecosystems they rely on -- the time for neonics is over.

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