A Global Citizen: David Suzuki Steven Gu630897Mr. Silvestro January 17, 2018CivicsGlobal Citizenship Biography InterviewSteven: Welcome to The Late Night Show with your host Steven. Today we have a special guest, David Suzuki! Thank you for joining us today. To start off, can you tell us more about your early life?David Suzuki: Sure, my full name is David Takayoshi Suzuki and I was born on March 24, 1936, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My mother is Setsu Nakamaru and my father is Kaoru Carr Suzuki. I also have a twin sister name Marcia and two other siblings, Geraldine and Dawn. You probably know me as a scientist, television personality, author, and environmental activist. I am a third generation Japanese Canadian, that was among those Japanese citizens in Canada and the United States who were sent to internment camps due to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbour. I was just five years of age when my family was forced to move to a camp in the slocan valley of British Columbia. After World War 2 had ended, I was released from the camp and I moved to Ontario. It’s there where I started falling in love with nature at an early age. For education, in 1958, I received a bachelor of arts in biology from Amherst College, Massachusetts. I then went on to study at the University of Chicago for a doctorate in zoology and I became a geneticist. In 1958, I married Setsuko Joane Sunahara and had three kids, Troy Suzuki, Tamiko Suzuki, Laura Suzuki. Due to some disagreements in 1965, we went separate paths. In 1972, I married Tara Elizabeth Cullis and she is my current wife. She gave birth to two kids named Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.Steven: Wow, what an interesting story! I have another question for you. What are the factors that caused you to become so passionate and interested about nature?David Suzuki: My family suffered greatly during World War II, that caused me to appreciate nature and man’s dependence on it. When world war two ended, my family moved to ontario. There, my father introduced me to many things in nature. I had developed a love for nature early on and started to collect specimens in a swamp near my home. Later, I became interested in environmental studies and the preservation of nature. Steven: Can you tell us one of your goals that you want to accomplish in your lifetime? What do you want the people to know you for?David Suzuki: One of my life long goal is to educate the world and to make everyone aware of our environment and the importance of protecting it. Through determination and hardwork, I want to motivate the new generation to step up and join in the movement. I want to make the importance of protecting and preserving the environment engraved in everyone’s mind. I want to send a permanent message to the world about the significance of our planet and environment.Steven: What are your hopes and dreams?David Suzuki: One of my dream is everyone embracing a new way of living where everything is powered by renewable energy. I dream to be the shift that changes “climate narrative from despair to possibility and to create real opportunities for Canadians to be part of the solution.” (Suzuki, 1990) Another dream of mine is to establish a legal right where all Canadians are able live in a healthy environment. I believe the right to a have a healthy environment is essential and that everyone should be able to given this type of condition. Everyone deserves to breathe drink clean water, breathe clean air and eat healthy, safe food. I dream of the day where we find the equilibrium between a country’s economic and environment development.Steven: Can you name some of your achievements? Especially the major ones. David Suzuki: Sure. No problem. In 1972, I won the Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the Best Young Canadian Scientist. I conducted groundbreaking research on meiosis. Which focuses on the impact of cell mutations due to the changing of temperatures. This research I conducted is very important when analysing the impact of climate change in Canada and around the world. In addition, I earned 25 different honorary degrees from institutions around the world. I published more than 50 books so far, for both adults and children. I took part in many documentaries and TV shows in Canada. His television career earned him four Gemini Awards. All with the purpose of informing the world about the importance of the environment. I received the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Science and the Right Livelihood Award in 2009. Despite all the things I have achieved. I am confident to say that my biggest achievement is the amount of people I informed, inspired and motivated to take action and care about the environment.Steven: Do you think you made a difference in the world? Can you provide us with some things you have done?David Suzuki: My answer would be yes, I believe that I made differences in the world. I am spokesperson for talking about climate change. I informed people all over the world to get up and fight against people or politicians who fail to prioritize the environment. I provided irrefutable evidence on climate change and the impacts of it on the world. Climate change is happening now and at a much faster rates than I previously thought. With that, I spreads the message of global climate changes, and I am recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.Steven: If you believe that the environment is very important and we are destroying it through ways such as climate change. What have you done about it?David Suzuki: I am very concerned about the environment and I have done many things to protect it. One of my main ways is notifying and informing people about the environment. Through ways such as social media, newspaper, radio, television advertisements, books, documentaries, tv shows. The issue of climate change cannot be simply resolved by one person but the unity of everyone. Besides informing people, I have also created a non-profit that will protect the environment called the David Suzuki Foundation. The organization’s goal is to work towards balancing human needs with the Earth’s ability to sustain all life. Furthermore, is to find and communicate practical ways to achieve that balance.