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Suzuki Issues Nature Challenge to Save the Environment

Suzuki Issues Nature Challenge to Save the Environment

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Published by Martha Jette
Well known environmentalist, David Suzuki says it's time to take nature seriously.
Well known environmentalist, David Suzuki says it's time to take nature seriously.

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Published by: Martha Jette on Dec 17, 2007
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Suzuki issues Nature Challenge to save the environmentI met David Suzuki in 1986 at a special awards dinner at the Windsor Press Club. I wasthere to receive the Dean’s Award for top of my class in St. Clair College’s three-year  print journalism course. Suzuki was there to talk about the environment.Before people even got interested in the environment and began raised concern aboutwhat man has done to destroy it, Suzuki was ringing the alarm bells. He is truly aCanadian pioneer in this area.Most people spent their time worrying about things like government fiscal responsibility,taxes, health care, military spending and other issues. However, this award-winninggeneticist, environmentalist and broadcaster has stayed true to his roots. This nature lover is concerned about all species, including Canada’s beaver, caribou, loon and polar bear.Through his long-running show, The Nature of Things, he showed us how many of our creatures live, survive and rely on each other to maintain the delicate balance of our ecosystem.Suzuki’s eight-part series, A Planet for the Taking won an award from the United Nationsand his series entitled The Secret of Life was internationally praised. He also founded theCBC radio series, Quirks and Quarks and presented two documentaries on theenvironment: From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It’s a Matter of Survival. This is trulyan accomplishment for a man who began life as a child in an internment camp in BritishColumbia. Suzuki has now authored more than 30 books and is recognized as a worldleader in sustainable ecology.Due to pollution, climate change, habitat destruction and other flagrant misuses of nature,Suzuki says more than 500 Canadian species are now at risk of extinction. To helpcombat these things, Suzuki has created the David Suzuki Foundation athttp://www.davidsuzuki.org/. On this site, you will find the 10 most effective way to helpconserve nature and improve our quality of life. They are as follows:1.Reduce home energy by 10%2.Eat meat-free meals once a week 3.Buy a fuel efficient, low-polluting car 4.Choose an energy efficient home and appliances5.Stop using pesticides6.Walk, bike or take transit to regular destinations7.Prepare your meals with locally produced food8. Choose a home close to regular destinations9.Support alternatives to the car 10.Get involved, stay informedMost of things can be easily accomplished by anyone. Why not start thinking seriouslyabout what life may be like for your children and grandchildren, if action is not taken NOW!Take the Nature Challenge:http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/at_Home/sign_up.aspx

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