I have yet to meet someone who is not familiar with this genius by name, and/or his numerous, outstanding bodies of work!
On the off chance someone here may be uncertain as to who Dr. David Suzuki is, or why he was a rigorously sought out guest for Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald, please indulge me while I dive right in.
Dr. Suzuki is co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster. David is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.
David is a geneticist and in 1972 was awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35 and held it for three years. Dr. Suzuki has won numerous academic awards,and holds 25 Honourary degrees in Canada, the USA, and Australia. David was elected to The Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Dr. Suzuki has written 52 books, including 19 for children. His 1976 textbook, ‘An Introduction to Genetic Analysis,’ remains the most widely used genetics textbook in the USA and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Indonesian, Arabic, French, and German.
Dr. Suzuki has consistently received high acclaim for his 30 years of award-winning work in broadcasting. In 1974, he developed and hosted the long running popular science program, ‘Quirks and Quarks,’ on CBC Radio for four years. David has since presented two influential documentary CBC radio series on the environment, ‘It’s a Matter of Survival,’ and ‘From Naked Ape To Superspecies.’
David’s national TV career began with CBC in 1971 when he wrote and hosted, ‘Suzuki On Science.’ He was host of Science Magazine and then created and hosted a number of television specials, and in 1979 became the host of the award-winning series, The Nature Of Things With David Suzuki. David has won four Gemini Awards as best host of different Canadian television series. His eight part television series, A Planet For The Taking, won an award from the United Nations.
Dr. Suzuki’s eight part BBC/PBS series, The Secret Of Life, was praised internationally as was his five part series, The Brain, for The Discovery Channel. On June 10, 2002, David received the John Drainie Award for broadcasting excellence. David is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science, The United Nations Environment Program Medal, UNEP’s Global 500, and in 2009, won the Right Livelihood Award that is considered the Alternative Nobel Prize.
Apart from Dr. Suzuki being one of the most brilliant minds, I have ever had the honour and the privilege to showcase on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald, the most standout memorable moment of this fantastic interview for me, was David juggling the professionalism of the interview itself coupled with simultaneously wearing the hat of supervisory, Grandfather to a roomful of young voices in the background. I was deeply touched that David was graciously willing to share his invaluable time with myself and the global listeners on Canada Day, no less. David generously and willingly, divvying up his time with this shared commitment to me and to his grandchildren on a statutory holiday, truly hit home for me, just how exemplary a human being he in fact is. A rare gem!
It was lovely to have permanently captured the behind the scenes, hustle and bustle of David’s family while LIVE on air, and what particularly struck me as truly beautiful was the fact that David made zero apologies for the ‘interruptions.’ Quite simply, yet equally profound, by David not feeling any inclination in which to offer justifications or apologies, it was as if he was saying, “You want an interview with me, then it comes with the reality that my grandchildren are my primary focus first and foremost.” The message landed loud and clear, and without necessitating a verbalized statement. LOVED THAT!
I hope you enjoy my interview with the best of the best…Dr. David Suzuki! His gentle soul underscores everything else which makes him stellar and standout in my humble opinion! Thank you for your tireless contributions, Dr. Suzuki. Our planet, and collective humanity is richer and deeper because of you! You can listen here:
Uplifting You To Fear Less And To Live More!
Be your own Hero. Be your own Shero.
Be your own Leader. Be your own Best Friend!
Love & Gratitude ~ Lisa
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