DAVID SUZUKI THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
For over three decades, David Takayoshi Suzuki has been Canada’s most environmental conscience. Born in March 24, 1936, he is a Japanese Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was professor of British Colombia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and environment. He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment (Suzuki 46-369). How has David Suzuki contributed to environmental activism in Canada? David Suzuki is Canada’s finest science broadcaster; he began in television in 1970 with the weekly children’s show Suzuki on science. In 1974, he founded the radio programme Quirks and Quarks which he also hosted on CBC radio one from 1975 to 1979. Throughout the 1970s, he also hosted science Magazine, a weekly program geared towards an adult audience. Since 1979, Suzuki has hosted the nature of things, a CBC television series that has aired in nearly fifty countries. In this programme, Suzuki’s aim is to stimulate interest in the nature world, and to present alternatives for achieving a more sustainable society. Suzuki has been a prominent proponent of renewable energy sources and the soft energy path. Suzuki was the host of the critically acclaimed 1993 PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series the secret of life. His 1985 hit series, a planet for the taking, averaged more than 18 million viewers per episode and earned him a United Nations Environment Programme Medal. His perspective in this series is summed up in his statement: “We have both a sense of the importance of the wilderness and space in our culture and an attitude that it is limitless and therefore we needn’t worry”. (The Canadian encyclopaedia) Beyond his...
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