Host | The Nature of Things
In the age of Darwin and reality television, Canada's longest-running
documentary series is the ultimate "survivor," says David Suzuki. Having
recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as the host of the award-winning The
Nature of Things with David Suzuki, some might say the same of David Suzuki
For three decades,
Canadians have trusted David Suzuki and The Nature of Things on issues of the
environment, wildlife, technology and medicine. the nature of things - and David
Suzuki have paved the way for a greater understanding of the increasingly
complex world in which we live.
David points out how the nature of things has informed his own world-view.
Indeed, his perspective has changed from seeing the world as existing for
humanity's sake to recognizing that humans are simply one part of the natural
world. He says, about this profound shift in thinking, "it was a huge
realization for me."
life as a broadcaster, David Suzuki was a distinguished professor and
geneticist. He has authored 40 books, received 24 honorary degrees and has been
recognized by the UN for his environmental leadership. David is a fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada. He is founder of
the influential non-profit organization, the David Suzuki Foundation. A Canadian
icon for many years, Canadians bestowed on David the humbling status of fifth
Greatest Canadian in 2004.
David began his career in television because
of his passion to provide audiences with a way to understand the complex world
of science. He soon realized that the "social ramifications of science can be
immense," and he began to ask the questions no one else was asking. When the
nature of things presented environmental degradation, satellite technology and
birth control, the show raised the controversies and dilemmas and explained the
potential social impacts. David proudly notes "The Nature of Things has been
bringing that home for years."
For more than a generation, nature of things viewers have seen fast-paced
change: genetic engineering transformed and computer technologies becoming
extensions of ourselves. "Computers were monsters when I started out in
television." But in David's opinion, some issues haven't advanced enough. In
1988, The Nature of Things interviewed a group of scientists calling for a 20
per cent reduction in greenhouse gases over 15 years. "Imagine if we had done
it, we would be way past Kyoto by now."
What about the future? Canada's foremost environmental conscience
acknowledges the challenges ahead, but hand-wringing is not an option. "I want
to say I did the best I could. That means you can't give up."