|Born: March 24, 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.|
|Fields: Natualism, Scince Communication|
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.
Order of Canada (1976, 2006)
UNSECO Kalinga Prize (1986)
Right Livelihood Award (2009)