How Did David Suzuki Make a Difference?

Scientist David Suzuki's advocacy via radio, television and print media has raised awareness around the world about the dangers of climate change and the importance of reducing carbon emissions, said the David Suzuki Foundation. Suzuki has brought attention to the interests behind claims that climate change science is inconclusive. For his lifetime of work, Suzuki has been awarded numerous public honors, including national recognition from his home country of Canada.

David Suzuki has organized a number of informational programs dedicated to promoting knowledge about environmental protection. Suzuki's career in broadcasting began in 1970 with the children's show "Suzuki on Science." In 1975, he founded and hosted the popular radio program "Quirks and Quarks." On television, Suzuki hosted "The Nature of Things" for CBS, "The Sacred Balance" for Canadian public television and "The Secret of Life" and "A Planet for the Taking" on PBS, according to the foundation website.

In each of his programs, Suzuki advocated renewable energy, caps on carbon emissions and the soft energy path, a system in which green energy replaces fossil fuels, according to The Right Livelihood Award, which honored Suzuki in 2009. He was critical of people who denied the reality of climate change, asserting that such people are not reputable scientists published in peer-reviewed journals but pseudo-scientists backed by leaders in the carbon industry.

Suzuki's work has earned him significant attention from the media, governments and the scientific community. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, Suzuki has received 25 honorary degrees in Canada, Australia and the United States.