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David T. Suzuki PhD, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

David has received consistently high acclaim for his thirty years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation′s popular science television series, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.

His eight part series, A Planet for the Taking, won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series, The Secret of Life was praised internationally, as was his five-part series, The Brain, for the Discovery Channel. For CBC Radio he founded the long running radio series Quirks and Quarks, and has presented two influential documentary series on the environment, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It′s a Matter of Survival.

An internationally respected geneticist, David was a full Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He is professor emeritus with UBC′s Sustainable Development Research Institute. From 1969 to 1972 he was the recipient of the prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award for the “Outstanding Canadian Research Scientist Under the Age of 35.”

David has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science, a United Nations Environment Program medal and is a Companion to the Order of Canada. He has 24 honorary doctorates from universities in Canada, the US and Australia. For his work in support of Canada′s First Nations people, David has received many tributes and has been honoured with five names and formal adoption by two tribes.

David was born in Vancouver, BC in 1936. During World War II, at the age of six, he was interned with his family in a camp in BC. After the war, he went to high school in London, Ontario. He graduated with Honours from Amherst College in 1958 and went on to earn his PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.

The author of 50 books, David Suzuki is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.


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    The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line
    In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics, that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet.

    It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing.

    Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious.

    Computers and telecommunications fragment information so that we can no longer recognize the interconnectivity of everything in the world.

    Globalization of the economy renders the entire planet a source of resources and all people a market for products, while local communities and local ecosystems are negatively impacted (for example, large scale pig farms are raised in Canada for an Asian market while the water, air and soil surrounding the hogfarms are negatively impacted).

    Traditional people refer to the Earth as their "Mother" and tell us we are made of the four sacred elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

    Today science is verifying this ancient wisdom and defines a different set of priorities that should become our bottomline for the 21st century:

    • We are biological beings with an absolute dependence on clean air, water, soil and sunlight for our well being and survival.
    • The web of all life on Earth (biodiversity) is responsible for cleansing, replenishing and creating air, water, soil and captured sunlight.
    • Diversity at the genetic, species, ecosystem and cultural level is critical for longterm resilience and adaptability.
    • We are social animals with an absolute need for love to realize our full human potential; maximal opportunity for love is ensured with strong families, communities, full employment, justice, equity, freedom from terror and war.
    • We are spiritual beings who need to know that there are forces that impinge on our lives that lie outside our understanding or control; that nature that gave us birth, will persist after we die; that there are sacred places where humans come with respect and reverence.
    • Human beings are one species among perhaps 10 to 15 million other species on whom we are ultimately dependent for our well being.
    • Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.


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    “He is an inspiring speaker who shows where society can make changes that will matter to everyone.”
    Penn State University

    “The relevance of your views regarding why we have removed oursleves from the natural world and now live in a mosiac of disconnected fragments so that we no longer see what our responsibilities are has given our participants many new ideas to take back to their districts on how to meet these challenges.”
    British Columbia School Superintendents Assocation




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    “He is an inspiring speaker who shows where society can make changes that will matter to everyone.”
    Penn State University

    “The relevance of your views regarding why we have removed oursleves from the natural world and now live in a mosiac of disconnected fragments so that we no longer see what our responsibilities are has given our participants many new ideas to take back to their districts on how to meet these challenges.”
    British Columbia School Superintendents Assocation


    The Legacy: An Elderis Vision for Our Sustainable Future
    In this expanded version of an inspiring speech delivered in December 2009, David Suzuki reflects on how we got where we are today and presents his vision for a better future. In his living memory, Suzuki has witnessed cataclysmic changes in society and our relationship with the planet: the doubling of the world’s population, our increased ecological footprint, and massive technological growth.

    Today we are in a state of crisis, and we must join together to respond to that crisis. If we do so, Suzuki envisions a future in which we understand that we are the Earth and live accordingly. All it takes is imagination and a determination to live within our, and the planet′s, means. This book is the culmination of David Suzuki’s amazing life and all of his knowledge, experience, and passion — it is his legacy.
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    More Good News: Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis
    In this edition of their bestseller, the sequel to the best-selling Good News for a Change, authors David Suzuki and Holly Dressel provide the latest inspiring stories about individuals, groups, and businesses that are making real change in the world. More Good News features the most up-to-date information about critical subjects, such as energy and the economy, not covered in the previous edition. These stories offer compelling proof from the front lines that sustainable solutions already exist.
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    The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature
    In this extensively revised and enlarged edition of his best-selling book, David Suzuki reflects on the increasingly radical changes in nature and science — from global warming to the science behind mother/baby interactions — and examines what they mean for humankind’s place in the world.

    The book begins by presenting the concept of people as creatures of the Earth who depend on its gifts of air, water, soil, and sun energy. The author explains how people are genetically programmed to crave the company of other species, and how people suffer enormously when they fail to live in harmony with them.

    Suzuki analyzes those deep spiritual needs, rooted in nature, that are a crucial component of a loving world. Drawing on his own experiences and those of others who have put their beliefs into action, The Sacred Balance is a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and fair future by rediscovering and addressing humanity’s basic needs.
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    The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line
    In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics, that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet.

    It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing.

    Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious.

    Computers and telecommunications fragment information so that we can no longer recognize the interconnectivity of everything in the world.

    Globalization of the economy renders the entire planet a source of resources and all people a market for products, while local communities and local ecosystems are negatively impacted (for example, large scale pig farms are raised in Canada for an Asian market while the water, air and soil surrounding the hogfarms are negatively impacted).

    Traditional people refer to the Earth as their "Mother" and tell us we are made of the four sacred elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

    Today science is verifying this ancient wisdom and defines a different set of priorities that should become our bottomline for the 21st century:

    • We are biological beings with an absolute dependence on clean air, water, soil and sunlight for our well being and survival.
    • The web of all life on Earth (biodiversity) is responsible for cleansing, replenishing and creating air, water, soil and captured sunlight.
    • Diversity at the genetic, species, ecosystem and cultural level is critical for longterm resilience and adaptability.
    • We are social animals with an absolute need for love to realize our full human potential; maximal opportunity for love is ensured with strong families, communities, full employment, justice, equity, freedom from terror and war.
    • We are spiritual beings who need to know that there are forces that impinge on our lives that lie outside our understanding or control; that nature that gave us birth, will persist after we die; that there are sacred places where humans come with respect and reverence.
    • Human beings are one species among perhaps 10 to 15 million other species on whom we are ultimately dependent for our well being.
    • Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.


David Suzuki Speech


David Suzuki Interview


David Suzuki Speech Excerpt


David Suzuki Speech