For those of you who don’t know David Suzuki, he is Canada’s foremost environmentalist. A scientist, author, and prominent media figure, he has been educating Canadians about science and the environment since the 60’s, mainly through his long-running series of more than 30 years, The Nature of Things, which is also well-known internationally. When CBC had their Top 10 Greatest Canadians vote in 2004, David Suzuki came in 5th, after Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox, Pierre Trudeau and Sir Frederick Banting. That actually put him, an environmentalist, as the No. 1 Greatest Living Canadian. Yeah!
Back in October, I took my daughter to see David Suzuki at Harbourfront give a talk about his latest book, The Legacy. I heard him speak a few years ago at U of T, and I wanted my daughter to have a chance to hear and meet this amazing person. She is only 7, but I have heard that there may be fewer opportunities to hear him speak in person, not because of his age or health, but because he feels it’s about time he reduced the environmental impact of his flying around the world.
It was special for us because I took along a a picture I had of my daughter with ‘him’ (a cardboard cut-out) at the Green Living Show from a few years ago to show him. He laughed when he saw it, and was more than happy to have her take a picture with the ‘real thing’. My brother had also given her one of his children’s books, There’s a Barnyard in my Bedroom, for one of her birthdays, so it was nice to get that signed as well.
Hearing David Suzuki speak is unlike watching his show, The Nature of Things. He is far more passionate and free to talk from the heart. He has such a gift for simplifying science and the environment and making it captivating and easy to understand. Even my daughter seemed to follow a lot of what he was saying. I know I have had many epiphanies listening to him talk or reading his books. The man is truly brilliant. Meeting him, you can also feel his kindness and warmth. You feel he is truly a person who cares about the planet and its people.
I am sure many of you have fond memories of watching The Nature of Things, and of David Suzuki growing up. I remember the first time I saw his show in my Grade 6 class almost 30 years ago. His image has been firmly implanted in my brain ever since, as I am sure it has in every Canadian. David Suzuki has changed the way everyone in this country thinks about the Earth and our balance within it. His influence is immeasurable.
On March 24th, 2011 David Suzuki is turning 75. If you have fond memories of David Suzuki, and appreciate how much he has dedicated his life to educating us, and to protecting us and our planet, help celebrate his 75th birthday by making a donation on my sponsor page. It’s part of a campaign to raise money for The David Suzuki Foundation in celebration of this remarkable man. Show your support for David, and help the foundation continue to make changes to help protect the diversity of nature and the quality of life in Canada. Sponsor me today.
Happy 75th Birthday, David Suzuki!