In June of 1942 the government sold the Suzuki's dry cleaning business and David, his mother and two sisters were interned at a camp in Slocan. His father had already been sent to a labor camp in Solsqua two months earlier. (David's sister Dawn was born at the internment camp)
After the war the Suzukis were forced to move east, as were many Japanese Canadian families. David and his family lived in Islington, Leamington and London Ontario.
In 1970 David could be seen on television with the weekly children's show Suzuki on Science and from 1975-1979 Suzuki was on the weekly adult themed Science Magazine. He was also heard on the CBC Radio One with the programme Quirks and Quarks throughout the seventies.
Suzuki is a busy man. His 1985 hit series A Planet for the Taking averaged more than 1.8 million viewers per episode and earned Suzuki a United Nations Environmental Programme award and he was also the host of the 1993 critically acclaimed PBS series, The Secret of Life. He produced "Yellowstone to Yukon: The Wildlands Project" in 1997.
In addition to these David Suzuki also wrote a book The Sacred Balance which was first published in 1997. It was later made into a five hour miniseries for Canadian Public Television in 2002.
Sometimes controversial, Suzuki is a spokesperson on global climate change. He believes, as many scientists do, that humans are responsible for the dangerous climate shifts we are now seeing. He also believes that the doubt that many of the public and media express towards this area of concern is the result of a well organized campaign of disinformation of the science involved and those involved in the campaign want to delay action on climate change. Suzuki apparently feels that these sceptics have received significant funding from oil and coal companies.
David is a man who says what he thinks and feels. In 2008 he urged McGill University students to speak out against politicians who fail to act on climate change and a year later he said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be put in jail.
David Suzuki is the author of 52 books, fifteen of which are for children. He has received numerous awards including the Order of Canada - first as an Officer in 1976 then upgraded to Companion status in 2006-the Order of British Columbia in 1995, UNESCOs Kalinga Prize for science in 1986 and a whole slew of others both Canadian and International. He also has a large inventory of honorary degrees from teaching establishments worldwide.
In 2004 David was nominated for as one of the top ten Canadians voted on by CBC viewers. Suzuki said he voted for the person who won, Tommy Douglas.
So love him or hate him, admire him or discount him you have to admit that David Suzuki is a dynamic individual who has made an everlasting mark on this world. Through the Vancouver based David Suzuki Foundation, Suzuki continues to raise awareness for his causes and defend Mother Earth.
I hope you find the beauty around you.