David Suzuki
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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Canada's Oceans Matter, At The Paris Climate Talks And Beyond

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:28 AM

It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. The new government has restated our country's commitment to protect 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020, as part of...

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Natural Infrastructure Is Good For The Climate And Communities

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Across Canada, towns and cities face a one-two punch: aging infrastructure and the extreme weather climate change brings. Unless we do something, many of our roads, railways, transit lines, bridges, stormwater pipes and other built structures could become obsolete.

Our newly elected federal government took up the challenge with...

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New Government Faces Climate Challenges And Opportunities

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Our new government appears to be taking climate change seriously. With the UN climate talks starting in Paris on November 30, Canada can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gases at home and helping others around the world do likewise. U.S. President Barack Obama's decision...

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The Many Marvels Of The Mysterious Mushroom

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Until 1969, biologists thought mushrooms and other fungi were plants. They're actually more closely related to animals, but with enough differences that they inhabit their own distinct classification.

This and more recent findings about these mysterious organisms illustrate how much we have yet to learn about the complexities...

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Sustainable Development Goals Offer A Path To Prosperity

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Sustainable development means different things to different people. The concept was popularized in 1987 by the groundbreaking Brundtland Commission report to the United Nations, "Our Common Future." Over the past three decades it has entered conversations around global poverty, health, environmental quality and social justice. It's even been...

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Democracy Isn't Just About Politics; It's About All of Us

(6) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:33 PM

I've lived through many elections, but I don't recall many in which emotions ran so high. In the heat of such a campaign, things get said, disagreements arise and tensions increase. Now that we've elected a new government, I want to commend Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau on his...

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These Are All the Election Issues More Important Than the Niqab

(38) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 9:37 AM

When my grandparents arrived from Japan in the early 1900s, Canada was far less tolerant than it is today. Women and minorities couldn't vote, nor could Indigenous people who had lived here from time immemorial. In 1942, the government took away my Canadian-born family's property and rights and sent us...

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The Ecological and Economic Costs of Food Waste Is Staggering

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to appreciate the bounty of the fall harvest. Eating is both a highly social and personal part of our lives, and food preferences can even make for lively dinner table conversations.

In North America we tend to focus on...

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The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Sorry Sign of the Times

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 6:35 PM

Volkswagen was caught cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests by installing "defeat devices," which allowed its diesel vehicles to pass nitrogen oxide emissions checks but spew up to 40 times allowable pollutants once they were completed. The scandal has resulted in plummeting share prices, CEO Martin Winterkorn's resignation...

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It's Time to Talk About a New Vision for Canada's Economy

(9) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:48 PM

The federal leaders' debate on the economy focused on important issues -- jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change -- but no one talked about a different vision for Canada's economy. What if we challenged our leaders to answer the dilemma posed by American journalist Charles...

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Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Snapchat and selfies, iPhones and iPads... There's no denying technology plays a major role in the lives of many 21st century children. With so many parents sharing photos of their children from birth and beyond, and kids creating Facebook accounts at age 13 and under, many young people...

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Make Climate Change Your Key Election Issue

(13) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 9:04 AM

No matter what anyone says during this long federal election campaign, climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians' health, security and economy. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible, the research wide-ranging and overwhelming.

Wastefully burning fossil fuels at such a rapid rate is jeopardizing the planet's life-support...

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Deniers Are All Over the Map; Climate Realists Are All Over the World

(76) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 2:15 PM

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a Heartland Institute conference in Las Vegas where climate change deniers engaged in a failed attempt to poke holes in the massive body of scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. I quoted Bloomberg News: "Heartland's strategy seemed...

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A Healthy Environment Nurtures Healthy People

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:12 PM

If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It's no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet.

If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are -- to...

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You Can Help Bring Monarch Butterflies Back from the Brink

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn't like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation's effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching for...

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B.C. Must Heed Mount Polley Disaster's Lessons

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 1:16 PM

It was a dramatic image: millions of cubic metres of waste cascading from the Mount Polley mine breach into the Quesnel watershed in B.C.'s Interior. Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry's reputation. In the months following,...

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Cecil the Lion's Killing Should Shine a Spotlight on B.C.'s Barbaric Trophy Hunting

(27) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:17 PM

A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected area and is killed by a hunter who has paid tens of thousands of dollars for the "experience." That was the fate of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion, whose killing sparked torrents of online and...

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Rouge Park Deserves the Same Protection as Other Canadian Parks

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:26 AM

In fall 2011, politicians, farmers, environmentalists and local advocates met in Toronto to get the ball rolling for Canada's first urban national park, in the Rouge watershed on the city's east side.

It was a remarkably diverse gathering. Senior federal government members, including then Environment Minister Peter Kent,...

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The Premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn't Go Far Enough

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:58 PM

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres -- one of the largest pipeline oil spills in Canadian history. Two days later, a train carrying crude oil from...

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The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift

(26) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:58 AM

When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It's often the way. That's why historians are important; they put events...

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