Born in 1936, David Suzuki is a living legend, an environmental hero, award-winning scientist and a Canadian icon. He’s been the voice for our planet for over 30 years. Using the platform of Canada’s longest-running documentary TV series, The Nature of Things, David has been a leading pioneer in raising public awareness about the degradation of the environment. There’s a whole generation of Canadians who have grown up learning about the wonders of the natural world through his award winning show.
David Suzuki was born in 1936 into a third-generation Japanese-Canadian (also called Sansei) family. At the age of 6, he was sent to a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Before making his mark as a broadcaster, David earned a Ph.D. in Zoology and taught genetics at the University of British Columbia.
In 1990 he co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world. Along the way, David has written 52 books, won 4 Gemini Awards, was made a Companion to the Order of Canada, received UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science, and finished 5th in CBC’s search for `The Greatest Canadian’.
David Suzuki Recalls His Period in the Internment Camps