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David Suzuki

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 David Suzuki
Born: March 24, 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Fields: Natualism, Scince Communication

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David Suzuki is a third generation Japanese Canadian naturalist, activist and science communicator. He is most notable for his climate change activism, as well as numerous books and media appearances, including the long-running CBC documentary series, The Nature of Things. In an effort to lead by example, Suzuki has limited his travelling, which he claims he has done more than enough of to exceed his carbon limit “by hundreds of tonnes”. He no longer vacations overseas and chooses locations close to each other for speaking engagements. Video conferencing is his favorite method of spreading his message.

According to Suzuki, climate change skeptics and deniers are policy makers who receive funding from the oil and gas industry and have practically nothing to do with climate science. In a famous February 2008 speech at the McGill University in Montreal, Suzuki urged the students to speak out against politicians’ lack of action to address climate change, stating ”What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act.”

Since 1974, Suzuki has received numerous honorary degrees from universities in Canada, the United States and Australia. He also has over 52 books on his resume, starting with An Introduction to Genetic Analysis in 1986. His most recent work is The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for a Better Future, where Suzuki presents his vision of a better future. The book was published in 2010, in a  partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, a Vancouver-based environmental organization founded by Suzuki in 1991.

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Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin
Born: 12 Feb 1809 in Shrewsbury, UK
Died: 19 Apr 1882 in Downe, UK
Fields: Naturalism 

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Charles Darwin was a British naturalist, who is perhaps the most well known for his theory of evoultion, which he describes in The Origin of Species.

Darwin was born in 1809 in Shrewsbuty, Shropshire, England to doctor/finacnier Robert and Susannah. He had a taste for natural history since the age of 8 and presented his first dicovery, the fact that the spores on oyster shells are actually skate leech eggs. He also learned plant classification and helped manage the collection of  the University Museum, now known as the National Museum of Scotland.

Darwin’s iconic book was met with a large degree of controversy not only from the Church, but also from fellow scientists who opposed Darwin’s idea that humans evolved from apes. Read More→

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