Environmentalist Earth Hero Who Made A Difference

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As his voice erupts through the broadcast, a quote rings through the nation’s ears. “The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.” This quote demonstrates the confident voice of David Suzuki presents his keen identity. The quotation presents the determination as well as the passion that he has on protecting the environment and the glint of hope that relies on humans taking on this responsibility as the key to saving our delicate planet.
David Suzuki was one of the twins born in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 24, 1936. His mother's name was Setsu Nakamaru and his father's name was Kaoru Carr Suzuki. He has a twin sister Marcia and two other siblings Geraldine and Dawn. His early childhood was mainly devoted in the back of Suzuki's parents' little dry cleaning business in Marpole. At the age of 6, Suzuki’s life devastatingly changed. In 1942, the Canadian government announced a war on Japan. At the time, the recent Prime Minister Mackenzie King ordered captivity and imprisonment on all Japanese people including the Canadian born Japanese. King believed that all Japanese were spies for Japan. Suzuki and his family experienced captivity and this was stored as an unpleasant childhood memory for him. During the World War 2, his father was sent to work in a labor camp in Solsqua. Two months later, their dry cleaning business was sold by the government and the family was settled in a camp at Slocan in the British Columbian Interior (a few hundred kilometers away from Suzuki’s father). In 1945, when World War 2 ended, Suzuki’s entire family was forced to move to Islington, Learnington where he and his father closely bonded over nature. He and his father Kaoru Carr Suzuki would frequently go on fishing and camping trips. Suzuki claims that his father was his icon because he inspired Suzuki’s interests in the environment, thus making him realize the beauty of nature and the environment.

As a young boy, David Suzuki had a strong education and an intellectual mind full of creative ideas. David Suzuki was educated in Mill Street Elementary School and at Learnington Secondary School for Grade 9. When Suzuki moved to London, Ontario he was enrolled into London Central Secondary School. During his high school years, he participated in the student council election and was voted in as the Student’s Council President. Surprisingly, he won by more votes than all of the other contestants’ combined votes. In 1954, Suzuki obtained a scholarship from Amherst College in Massachusetts. In 1958, Suzuki earned his B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) from Amherst College. During 1961, he received his Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Zoology from the University of Chicago. Furthermore, he went to Berkeley, California as a visiting professor to develop his knowledge in his studies at the University of California. While...

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