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Dr. 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. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
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Marvellous Monarchs Move Minister McKenna

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 5:49 AM

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees...

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Our Government Must Address First Nations' Water Woes

(66) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 7:41 AM

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. "We're over 20 years already where our people haven't been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes," Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC...

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Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond Headlines

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 4:17 AM

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and...

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Indigenous People Are Fighting For Us All

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2017 | 2:43 AM

In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii and Alaska, visiting each...

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We Need To Work Less To Live Better

(48) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 7:05 AM

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards.

Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two....

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We Ignore Earth's Interconnected Nature At Our Own Peril

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 6:25 AM

For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but...

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We Can Learn So Much From Nature

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 3:15 AM

If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring...

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It's Time To Heed Warnings About Humanity's Collision Course

(9) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 7:39 AM

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we've known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we're seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if...

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Tread Lightly To Lift The Weight Of The World

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2016 | 7:22 AM

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile -- the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That's how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England's University of Leicester. It adds up to...

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Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 3:17 AM

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn't tell them much about a caribou population's history -- travel routes...

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Reconciliation Requires Recognizing Rights-Based Fishing

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 6:42 AM

Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It's also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it's been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them.

As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court...

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Better Discourse For A Kinder World

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 6:42 AM

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

As public relations expert and former David Suzuki Foundation board chair James Hoggan writes in I'm Right and You're...

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Hard Work And Love Trump Fear And Hate

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 3:20 AM

Now what? Many people in the United States and around the world are dismayed that a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world's most powerful nation.

His party controls the House and Senate, meaning pro-fossil-fuel, anti-climate-action representatives who...

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Extinction Crisis Signals That It's Time To Change Course

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 10:36 AM

Clean air, water and soil to grow food are necessities of life. So are diverse plant and animal populations. But as the human population continues to increase, animal numbers are falling. There's a strong correlation. A comprehensive report from the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London found...

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What Does "World Class Oil Spill Response" Even Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2016 | 10:14 AM

In July, a pipeline leak near Maidstone, Saskatchewan, spilled about 250,000 litres of diluted oil sands bitumen into the North Saskatchewan River, killing wildlife and compromising drinking water for nearby communities, including Prince Albert. It was one of 11 spills in the province over the previous year.

In October,...

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Heated Debates Ignore An Overheating Planet

(11) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don't take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk...

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We Need To Find Solutions To The Growing Crisis Of Food Insecurity

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 12:17 PM

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About

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We Can't Dig Our Way Out Of Our Fossil Fuels Problem

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 1:44 PM

I've often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it's just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn't easy.

Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities, though, politicians...

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We All Need To Confront The Crisis Of Violence Against Indigenous Women

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2016 | 3:14 PM

In late September, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook died tragically in Ottawa. Pootoogook was an award-winning illustrator from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her ink-and-crayon depictions of everyday life in the north -- families sitting to eat a meal of seal meat or shopping at the Arctic co-op -- received international...

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Carbon Dioxide: Pollutant Or Plant Food?

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 11:55 AM

Life evolved to live within limits. It's a delicate balance. Humans need oxygen, but too much can kill us. Plants need nitrogen, but excess nitrogen harms them, and pollutes rivers, lakes and oceans. Ecosystems are complex. Our health and survival depend on intricate interactions that ensure we get the right...

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