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David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. 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. He lives with his wife, Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.

Blog - David Suzuki June 15
Scottish government officials overlooking peatlands. Image credit: Scottish government/Flickr
David Suzuki | As with many ecosystems that keep the planet habitable for humans -- forests, wetlands, grasslands, oceans -- peatlands have been under attack by humans who have failed to comprehend their importance.
Blog - David Suzuki June 8
ExxonMobil operation near Chicago, IL. Image credit: Richard Hurd/Flickr.
David Suzuki | The perseverance and commitment of people who care have spurred industry, governments and society to finally start waking up to reality.
Blog - David Suzuki June 2
Wind turbine in sunflower field. Image credit: Gustavo Quepón/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It's fast becoming less expensive to generate electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels and new nuclear plants. Costs to store energy are also falling quickly.
Blog - David Suzuki May 26
Pump-jack mining crude oil at sunset. Image credit: Zbynek Burival/Unsplash
David Suzuki | The era of coal, oil and gas is over. We've done too little for the past 30 years. For the next 30, let's work toward a cleaner, healthier future for all.
Blog - David Suzuki May 19
Natural gas plant, Fellows, California. Image credit: David Seibold/Flickr
David Suzuki | Methane has caused about 30 per cent of heating to date, with emissions rising at record rates. Cutting methane emissions is a cost-effective way to quickly reduce greenhouse gases and pollution.
Blog - David Suzuki May 12
Lake view in Jasper National Park. Image credit: Pavel Brodsky/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It's our responsibility to engage in conversations about how new systems of land governance could look. Everything should be on the table including ownership and governance of current protected areas.
Blog - David Suzuki May 5
Close up of grassy lawn. Image credit: Petar Tonchev/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Researchers have found that regular mowing, especially early in spring, has unintended ecological consequences. Mowing less is a simple way to help insects and boost local ecology.
Blog - David Suzuki April 28
Youth hold signs protesting fossil fuels. Image credit: Callum Shaw/Unsplash
David Suzuki | We talk about the urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises but act as if we have all the time in the world to address them.
Blog - David Suzuki April 21
Racoon on table outside. Image credit: Moritz Kindler/Unsplash
David Suzuki | As plant and animal species worldwide have started to shift ranges in response to warming climates and habitat destruction, narratives about invasives have also started to shift.
Blog - David Suzuki April 14
Trees in Whistler, B.C. Image credit: Randy Tarampi/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Tension between outdated extraction-based economics and the desire to protect that which makes the planet habitable for humans and other life is coming to loggerheads at Fairy Creek.
Blog - David Suzuki April 7
Hands holding a plant. Image credit: Noah Buscher/Unsplash
David Suzuki | To prevent pandemics, we must recognize our interconnectedness with nature and protect natural systems that make the planet habitable for humans. Doing so will also help with the climate emergency.
Blog - David Suzuki March 31
Smoke from a factory chimney. Image credit: veeterzy/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although this decision was about carbon pricing, it signals that the federal government has the authority to enact national climate and clean energy regulations that reduce harmful emissions.
Blog - David Suzuki March 24
Vegetables on a table. Image credit: Iñigo De la Maza/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although a major share of transport and energy emissions are carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and gas, food systems are more complex. CO2 makes up only half of food-related emissions.
Blog - David Suzuki March 17
Flowering bushes in backyard. Image credit: Martin Kníže/Unsplash
David Suzuki | COVID-19 will long be remembered for upending lives worldwide, but one surprising legacy may be something more revelatory and, hopefully, lasting: a much-needed reconnection to nearby nature.
Blog - David Suzuki March 10
Caribou. Image credit: Thomas/Flickr
David Suzuki | As long as we capitulate and default to easy solutions to complex problems, we'll likely continue to drive wildlife decline and disappearance.
Blog - David Suzuki March 3
Person wearing mask with words "I can't breathe." Image credit: David Ramos/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It would be a tragedy if, in the rush to return to normal, we cast aside what we've learned, and postpone the work necessary to change our systems to build the resilience we need to thrive.
Blog - David Suzuki February 24
Industrial factory in grassy field. Image credit: Anton Eprev/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Destroying nature is more profitable than protecting it, and tools such as gross domestic product are not fit for assessing real economic health. GDP is "based on a faulty application of economics."
Blog - David Suzuki February 17
Factory building with smoke emissions in New Brunswick. Image credit: ETA+/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will quickly reduce pollution. That's important, because particulates kill a lot of people and make many more ill -- even more than previously thought.
Blog - David Suzuki February 10
Woman holding test tubes. Image credit: National Cancer Institute/Unsplash
David Suzuki | We need more observational science, but we have to recognize its fundamental weaknesses and inadequacies, and scientists must be careful not to confuse their biases with truths.
Blog - David Suzuki February 3
Person holding plant. Image credit: Benjamin Combs/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Working with others for the betterment of your neighbourhood, town, city, province, country or world contributes to well-being and happiness.
Blog - David Suzuki January 27
Keystone XL construction site. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David Suzuki | This use of tax dollars to discredit climate science is egregious, but it's peanuts compared to the more than $1.5 billion the Alberta government has invested in the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog - David Suzuki January 20
Wildfire in California. Image credit: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
David Suzuki | New research shows global average temperatures could stabilize within a couple of decades if we quickly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
Blog - David Suzuki January 13
Pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Image credit: Brett Davis/Flickr
David Suzuki | During the pandemic alone, the world's 500 richest people grew their wealth by almost US$2 trillion, while so many others suffered. The world’s wealthiest one per cent now owns half the global wealth.
Blog - David Suzuki January 6
Image: Book cover of "The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature"
David Suzuki | An economy was once created to serve people and their communities. Today economic rationalists contend that people must sacrifice and give up social services for the economy.
Blog - David Suzuki December 15
Image: NASA/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It bears repeating that getting back to "normal" isn't good enough. "Normal" means a global economy fuelled by overconsumption.
Blog - David Suzuki December 8
Image: Mike Marrah/Unsplash
David Suzuki | The absence of a legislative mandate or governance structures to address environmental racism in Canada is a blind spot that must be remedied.
Blog - David Suzuki December 1
Image: Samuel Ferrara/Unsplash
David Suzuki | This next decade will be critical if we're to rediscover balance with the natural world. By 2030, we'll have a good sense of whether we're on track.
Blog - David Suzuki November 24
Image: Jackson David/Unsplash
David Suzuki | If we spent more time building relationships, we would also enrich our inner lives, and that could reduce the consumption that drives carbon output and pollution.
Blog - David Suzuki November 17
Image: Brian Yurasits/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although many concerns around banning single-use plastic beverage containers are valid, ban proponents argue they aren't insurmountable -- and the reasons to include them in a ban are compelling.
Blog - David Suzuki November 10
Image: Anthony Crider/Flickr
David Suzuki | Because we're shaped by the societies we're part of, we must learn to recognize and overcome our own conscious and unconscious biases.

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