David Suzuki

Connecting David Suzuki and Nelson Mandela

David Suzuki?

David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

"The human is the only animal that constructed the idea of the future. Since we invented the idea of the future, we're the only animal that said we can affect the future by what we do today.''

Leader Material?

Certain traits made David Suzuki Stand out as a leader:
  • He is a leader that serves out his knowledge to everyone, including the youth of society in order to prevent environmental issues from occurring in future generations.
  • Suzuki stands tall for his beliefs and leads by example; as he only portrays sustainable practices.
  • He works on changing the overall mentality and stigma citizens have towards the environment, and he does this with his world wide, bilingual foundation, that raises money to fix and preserve environments humans have or are willing to destroy.
  • Suzuki has been fighting for environmental rights for a very long time, as he has discussed issues with governors and different countries to spread his opinion and to take action in several ways.
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The motive behind the actions

To protect the varieties of nature and our quality of life for present and the future.

Known for his efforts to educate the public about over fishing, climate change and other looming catastrophes, David Suzuki has been looked upon and called a doomsayer and an alarmist. Yet despite that he became a professor in the Genetics Department at the University of British Colombia in 1963. He devoted his career as an academician to genetic research using fruit flies as the model.

How did it all begin?

David Suzuki's legend began when his television career with a children’s program, Suzuki on Science, in 1970. The initial episodes of the series echoed the host’s specialty of genetics but, the later ones encompassed other areas.

Nelson Mandela's 8 Lessons of Leadership (David Suzuki Edition)

In Mandela's 8 Lessons of Leadership, three of his eight lessons stood out , with it's resemblance with David Suzuki's actions and thoughts.

''Lead from the back and let others believe they are in the front.''

David Suzuki applies this leadership trait to his daily actions, because he allows the workers of his foundation take charge in situations when it is under control. He also lets them research and provide information, as part of being a leader is having the ability to learn from others, and consider different opinions. Suzuki wanted to improve the present environmental issues to benefit the future generations. Therefore, stepping back on certain situations educates the youth of his foundation on leadership.

From 1975 till the end of the decade, he hosted a weekly television program called ‘Science Magazine’, which targeted the adult audience. There were interviews, science updates and segments like ‘How Things Work’. His determination and commitment landed him the ‘Order of Canada’ in 1976. An award that is conferred in recognition to the highest degree of merit, talent and service, or an exceptional contribution to Canada and humanity.

''Lead from the front- but don't leave your base behind.''

Nelson Mandela being ''the most pragmatic of idealists'' means that he was the most realistic dreamer, who pursued his goals with a strategic approach. David Suzuki, being one of the most famous environmental activist, also has that quality. Whether or not their goals were different they were ideal for a better future. Wither their lead on movements, Mandela and Suzuki both approached their goals with the help of citizens. Suzuki's approach to his goal is the creation of a movement, and to educate the younger generations to prevent environmental crisis's from occurring in the future.

Due to his confident trait He was awarded the UNESCO’s ‘Kalinga Prize’ for Popularization of Science in 1986. The award is given for exceptional skill in presenting scientific ideas to lay people.Suzuki understands that the opinion and support of citizens are crucial for the success in his movement and foundation.

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''Nothing is Black or White''

David Suzuki has to overcome opinions from citizens and governments that do not agree with him, when dealing with environmental issues. It is very complex dealing with matters with two opposite perspectives, which both Mandela and Suzuki been through. On David Suzuki's behalf, he is fighting for environmental rights for Canadian citizens, pushing for the governments approval to pass a law for environmental rights, which will be recorded on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

To emphasize his opinion clearly his book, ‘Genethics: The Clash between the New Genetics and Human Values’ was published in 1990 to enlighten and educate a lay person on modern genetic technology and the many ethical issues involved. The following year

All while understanding both sides of the story, making sure to respect and honor every role.

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Suzuki always had a dream to improve the economic factors that's destroying our environment. David Suzuki encourages Canadians and humans world wide to become environmentally aware, and to aspire to become community leaders. His foundation

The David Suzuki Foundation collaborates with Canadians, from all social classes, including businesses and governments, to conserve the environment and to create solutions that will create a sustainable Canada.

‘The David Suzuki Foundation’, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada is a nonprofit organization founded by him in 1991 to work for balancing human needs with the earth’s ability to sustain life.

In 1995, he was honored with the ‘Order of British Columbia’, a civilian honor of merit in the province of British Columbia intended to honor its residents for conspicuous achievements in any field.

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In 2004, he was voted as the ‘Fifth Greatest Canadian’, from a list of ten finalists, by viewers in the television series ‘The Greatest Canadian’ by the ‘Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’.
Global Exchange’, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, awarded him the ‘International Human Rights Award’ in 2007, as part of its mission to promote human rights and environmental justice. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Honorary Right Livelihood Award’, also referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world.


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