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Dr David Suzuki

"We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late '80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly."
A geneticist by profession, this Japanese-Canadian has won numerous academic awards and holds many honourary degrees. He has authored more than 40 books on genetics, ecology and environment, including 19 books for children. His television and radio programs have been popular internationally for explaining complex natural concepts in a simple and engaging manner.
He is renowned for the award-winning TV series 'The Nature of Things' with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) which he has been hosting since 1979; it is aired in more than 50 countries worldwide. He won the United Nations Environment Program Medal in 1985 for the popular 8-part TV series 'A Planet for the Taking'.
He has been critical of governments who are delaying action on climate change. In 2009, he was awarded the honourary Right Livelihood Award (the Alternative Nobel Prize) for raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to combat it. He co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990 to find ways for people and societies to exist in balance with the natural world. The key issues the Foundation works on are - climate change and clean energy; oceans and sustainable fisheries; sustainability; and David Suzuki's Nature Challenge.