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Environmentalist - David Suzuki
born : David Takayoshi Suzuki, Canada, 24th March 1936
famous for : Being the famous Canadian environmentalist and activist of the television series "The Nature of Things".
lives : Canada

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Dr. David Suzuki is a famous environmentalist and geneticist from Canada that has brought much attention to the environment through the popular television series "The Nature of Things". Suzuki has used popular media to focus the worlds attention on the environment and the damage that we as humans are causing. Suzuki is the founder of the David Suzuki foundation, an organization that also promotes his beliefs, environmental research, and challenges consumers to change their behaviors.

Suzuki was born on the 24th of March, 1936 in Vancouver, Canada and has a twin sister. His family descended from Japan, with his grandparent making the move to Canada.

David Suzuki studied at the Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA and received a PhD in zoology in 1961 at the University of Chicago.

Suzuki went on to create some of the most popular television programs relating to nature, the environment, science, and people. Programs includes "The Nature of Things", "A Planet for the Taking", "The Secret of Life", "It's a Matter of Survival", "From Naked Ape to Superspecies", and the radio program "Quirks and Quarks".

The famous environmentalist is also the author of more than 32 books and published columns discussing science, the environment, and nature.

The David Suzuki Foundation is an organization set up to educate and study various ways to care for, protect, and restore the environment. The organization has more than 40,000 members and is a registered charity supported by donations and grants. Major issues that the foundation focuses on include climate change, global warming, ecosystem-based forestry, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and biodiversity.

Quote taken from the David Suzuki Foundation website.
"Nature is our home. And just as we take care of our house, we also must take care of nature. But nature takes care of us too. Nature cleans our air and water, makes the soil that grows our food and provides the resources to make all our material goods. Unfortunately, with six billion of us now living under one roof, we are gradually eroding the services nature provides – even though we depend on them for our quality of life and our future."

Suzuki has a list of ten simple things everyone can do to make a real difference.

1. Reduce home energy use by 10%
2. Choose an energy-efficient home & appliances
3. Don't use pesticides
4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week
5. Buy locally grown and produced food
6. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle
7. Walk, bike, carpool or take transit
8. Choose a home close to work or school
9. Support alternative transportation
10. Learn more and share with others

More details can be seen on each step at the Nature Challenge page on the David Suzuki Foundation website.

David Suzuki resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife (Dr. Tara Cullis) and two children.

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