Q&A With David Suzuki

October 30, 2008.

We don’t believe David Suzuki needs much in the way of an introduction, but should you need a reminder he is the co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, the author of 43 books, and an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster with 30 years experience on the mic. He also lives just a few doors from you.

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: the ocean, Kibune Restaurant, walking distance to my foundation.

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Never may be a bit drastic but Cozy Shack tapioca.

The thing we should never tolerate: bigotry.

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: too many cars.

Book you’re reading: Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded.

Last place traveled: outside of Canada – Europe (Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal) in July with my daughter, Sarika – we made a film on renewable energy success stories in Europe.

Biggest fear: Tara, my wife, will stop loving me.

Your ancestry: we’re all Africans back 150,000 years ago.

Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: trained as a master carpenter in Japan and emigrated to escape abject poverty.

Person you most admire: Nelson Mandela and my wife, Dr. Tara Cullis.

Most regrettable purchase: a motorcycle when a longterm relationship ended.

The thing you are most proud of: my children who are fine people because I selected their mothers well.

The thing that makes you the angriest: powerful people who are ignorant and don’t even know it.

Saddest thing about Vancouver: Main and Hastings.

Ice cream flavour: strawberry.

Food your mom makes better than anyone: chocolate cake.

Talent you wish you possessed: playing a muscial instrument.

Musical instrument you long to play: recorder.

Sport you gave up: basketball and football.

The game you’re best at: charades.

Mac or PC: PC by default.

A person you’ve never met but you fear: Dick Cheney.

The number of fist fights you’ve been in: one.

The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: filming a standup for a show on drugs at the corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in Harlem, New York City on a Saturday night! And no danger pay from CBC.

Three things of no monetary value that you will keep until you die: memories that are none of your business.

Local person you admire most: my wife and Mel Lehan.

Best concert experience ever: Leonard Cohen June 24, 2008 – in Montreal.

The dish you’re proud of: pumpkin pie.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: global warming.

Town you were born in: Vancouver.

First memory: fishing in Loon Lake with Dad when I was four.

Quality you admire most in yourself: willingness to work hard.

The career path you considered but never followed: ichthyologist.

Biggest hope: that the world will respond to the global eco-crisis on the scale of all out war.

Luckiest moment of your life: when I spotted Tara in a crowd at Carleton University where I was lecturing.

Favourite book as a child: Ivan Terrence Sanderson’s Animal Treasure.

The first three things you do every morning: take a pee, read the first section of the paper, weigh myself.


Each week, Scout poses 60 questions to an individual who has enriched our lives in some way. Interviewees are asked to pick and answer just 20. David Suzuki gave us 37.

  • Peter K.

    I weigh myself while peeing and reading the first section of the paper.

  • http://nowebsite michael whitehead

    Dear Doctor Suzuki
    I want your help solving a problem not answering a question .
    Astrophysicists around the world are baffled by the mechanics of the universe and cry out for a new approach . Why are trailing stars around the edges of the galaxies moving faster than they should ? In order for gravity to work the way it appears there must be more matter than is apparent . Where is it ?
    I have a theory that answers these questions and many more .; unified theory .
    gravity lensing . tides etc.
    Where the common accepted model does do not .
    It is a fresh though rather obvious perspective that can be understood by a ten year old .
    Example – The Moon’s gravity pulls the tide up to high tide . The same with the sun only to a lesser degree . So why is it when you go down to Kit’s beach or Crab Park or Jericho
    at midnight of the full moon the tide should be high , but it is low instead .
    Believe your eyes ! Not the accepted theory !
    The accepted theory of gravity is wrong by six hours .
    Why ? I can tell you !
    The problem is that I am fifty eight live in the downtown east side never been to university and have a theory of astro-mechanics that works and will revolutionize the science .

    So how do I get you rest of the world to consider it ?
    Michael Whitehead # 3 , 118 Main St. V6A 2S3

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