Dr. David Suzuki (2004)
Award Presented at The Explorers Club, New York City
Dr. David Suzuki received the 2004 Lindbergh Award because of his profound respect for nature which came about during his childhood. Although he is a third generation citizen of Canada, he and his family were moved to a camp in the Canadian Rockies during WWII because of their Japanese heritage. With no teachers in the camp, he spent his days exploring the mountains, fishing, and watching bear and wolves. Today, Dr. Suzuki has a highly distinguished career in science, broadcasting, journalism, environmentalism and human rights. He has worked in and reported on most parts of the world, covering all facets of the environment, and has written several books for children and adults including The Sacred Balance and a best selling autobiography, Metamorphosis: Stages in a Life. In addition, he writes a weekly column called "Science Matters," and hosted the television series "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki", broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world. He also serves as volunteer chairman of the David Suzuki Foundation, which addresses the issues of climate change, forest and wild lands, oceans and fishing.
As a result of his extensive work on behalf of the environment, he has received UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, and the United Nations Environment Program's award. He also received the Global 500 award and holds 12 honorary degrees. Dr. Suzuki uses a common sense approach to communicating the delicate balance that exists between people and the environment, which supports all life. He has a gift for explaining complex scientific subjects in common terms. Using science and education to protect the balance of nature and our quality of life, the David Suzuki Foundation seeks out and commissions the best, most up-to-date research to help reveal ways we can live in balance with nature. One highly successful program is the Nature Challenge, which invites people to take responsibility for themselves and their environment by committing to choose three of the top 10 most effective ways people can conserve nature, and do them over the course of a year. "In our busy lives most of us have forgotten that it is nature that supports everything that we do," says Suzuki. As of April 21, 2004, more than 115,000 individuals have signed on to take the Nature Challenge. "Dr. David Suzuki not only embodies our Foundation's philosophy of balance between nature and technology," said Foundation President Reeve Lindbergh, "but also brings to this philosophy his own deep intelligence and warm humanity, with an eloquence that communicates his message and ours worldwide."
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