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Suzuki to speak on sustainability

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. McCosh 50

Environmental activist David Suzuki, host of the Canadian Broadcasting Co.'s popular television series "The Nature of Things," will discuss sustainability issues in two events scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Suzuki will present a lecture titled "Sustainability: The Real Challenge" at 8 p.m. in McCosh 50. He will offer his views on why humans have not created effective strategies to sustain the environment despite 40 years of warnings from experts, and will present suggestions of how to develop a path of sustainability.

Prior to the lecture, Suzuki will join climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton's Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, in a question-and-answer session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Forbes College Multipurpose Room.

Suzuki is an acclaimed scientist and broadcaster who is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences. He also is cofounder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, which promotes efforts to conserve nature and help achieve sustainability.

Suzuki, a geneticist, in 1972 won the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35 and has received numerous academic awards. He has written 43 books, including 17 for children.

Suzuki has received many awards during his 30 years in broadcasting, most notably for "The Nature of Things," which he has hosted since 1979. He also developed an eight-part television series, "A Planet for the Taking," which was honored by the United Nations, as well as an eight-part series for U.S. public television on "The Secret of Life" and a five-part series for the Discovery Channel on "The Brain."

For his leadership in sustainable ecology, Suzuki also has received UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science and the United Nations Environment Program Medal.

Suzuki's talks are sponsored by the Princeton Canadian Club, the Canadian Studies Program and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Outdoor Action, Forbes College and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.

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