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DAVID SUZUKI BIOGRAPHY
David T. Suzuki, PhD, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster.
David Suzuki has garnered repeated high praise for his thirty years of award-winning work in television, conveying the complexity of science in an engaging, readily understood manner. He is well-known to millions of people as the host of the popular science television series The Nature of Things with David Suzuki on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
His eight-part series, A Planet for the Taking, received a United Nations prize. His eight-part PBS documentary, The Secret of Life, and his five-part Discovery Channel series, The Brain, accepted international acclaim. He created the long-running CBC Radio series Quirks and Quarks and has presented two major environmental documentaries, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It′s a Matter of Survival.
David was a full Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He is a retired professor from UBC′s Sustainable Development Research Institute. From 1969 to 1972, he received the renowned E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award for “Outstanding Canadian Research Scientist Under the Age of 35.
David has won various honours for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science, a United Nations Environment Program medal, and the Companion of the Order of Canada. He holds 24 honorary doctorates from universities in Canada, the United States, and Australia. David has been honoured with five names and formal adoption by two tribes for his work favouring Canada′s First Nations people.
David Suzuki was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1936. During WWII, he was incarcerated with his family in a camp in British Columbia when he was six years old. After the war, David Suzuki attended high school in London, Ontario. He graduated with honours from Amherst College in 1958 and obtained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.
David Suzuki, the author of 50 books, is regarded as a world leader in sustainable ecology.
David Suzuki Topic Presentations
what can we learn from covid-19 and where do we go now?
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The Covid-19 crisis has had two enormous and related consequences: 1) It brought much of human activity to a halt and 2) It has given nature a respite from human activity. Both provide an opportunity to reset society’s priorities and to head in a different direction.
Confrontation with the reality of a new epidemic has subdued political and economic imperatives to scientific reality. In a time of accusations of fake media, deep conspiracies, and relentless trolls, scientists have regained authoritative prominence. Confined and restricted from normal lifestyles, people have had to confront important questions about purpose, values, opportunities, and constraints in the way we as individuals and societies live.
Nature – air, water, soil, energy, biodiversity – is the very source of our lives and well-being, but in the 20th century, humanity changed from rural agricultural living to inhabitants of big cities where our highest priority became our jobs. And so, the economy assumed greatest prominence in our values and we failed to ask the most important questions about this human creation called the economy, namely:
-what is an economy for?
-where does nature fit in an economy?
-what is the value of nature and the spiritual?
-what are the limits?
-how much is enough?
-are we happier with the sheer quantity of consumer items?
This is our moment to reset our priorities. In a post Covid-19 World, let’s continue to allow her to recover and put our efforts into living green and creating jobs that restore Earth’s sustainable productivity.
the challenge of the 21st century: setting the real bottom line
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- In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics,which 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 hog farms 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 bottom line for the 21st century:
a) We are biological beings with an absolute dependence on clean air, water, soil and sunlight for our well-being and survival.
b) The web of all life on Earth (biodiversity) is responsible for cleansing, replenishing and creating air, water, soil and captured sunlight.
c) Diversity at the genetic, species, ecosystem and cultural levels is critical for long-term resilience and adaptability.
d) 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, and freedom from terror and war.
e) 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 is an inspiring speaker who shows where society can make changes that will matter to everyone.
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