Suzuki states, “We’re in a ... car heading toward a brick wall, and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit." He also says, “Pearl Harbor was the defining event in my life. It shaped who I am, and all of my hang-ups and my drives ... stem from that.”
As a climate change activist, David Suzuki has many warnings about the future of the planet. One of his concerns is that climate change has already impacted the Earth, but people can still lessen the impact if they choose. He thinks most people – politicians especially – do not want to take action.
As a Japanese-Canadian, Suzuki suffered internment in British Columbia from 1942 until after World War II ended. The Canadian government sold his family’s business and sent his father to work in a labor camp. After the war, his family was forced to move east of the Rockies. These events have had a lasting impact on his psyche.