Many of us know David Suzuki from 'The Nature of Things' or his earlier show 'Quirks and Quarks'. Suzuki has written 40 books; and today he sits down with the public and shares the two books that have affected his life the most.
Suzuki, now 75, recalls his favourite book from childhood. The Dr. Seuss story "'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish' has really stayed with me" Suzuki told. He read this book as a young boy, but soon realized the reality of those fish. The fish were not going one, two, red, blue; but thousand, hundred, few, dead.
As a young boy, this troubled Suzuki. Because of this story Suzuki vowed to dedicate his life to the preservation of animal habitations and life.
The second story that Suzuki shares with us is the play 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' written by Shakespeare. At fifteen, this popular play truly "inspired me". The love triangle of this tragic tale are very connected to nature. Many scenes take part in the forest, with every aspect of it coming alive.
"I saw how universal nature was. I was not the only one who loved it; Shakespeare loved, and many other great writers loved our planet" Suzuki stated plainly. He saw that nature was always going to affect people and that it must be our top priority to preserve it. Humans and animals always have and always will have an unbreakable tie to nature.