Suzuki is Canada's Gore. Or Gore is America's Suzuki — the point is moot, as far as Suzuki is concerned. He'd been laying off bets for weeks that Gore would snag at least a share of the award. "It's a great thing," says Suzuki of the credibility lent to the issue by the world's most prestigious prize.
Our homegrown environmental hero said that way back in 1989 when Brian Mulroney was elected Prime Minister of Canada he appointed Lucien Bouchard as Minister of the Environment. When Dr. Suzuki went for his first meeting with the new Minister he asked him what he thought the most pressing issue of the time was. Bouchard's immediate response was global warming. Dr. Suzuki went on to ask where would we be now if we had only listened back then? It's true. Where would be now if we had listened to Dr. Suzuki or Al Gore or the plethora of other activists and scientists way back when? Although green is the new black and sustainability is the word on everybody's lips, global warming, climate change and "environmentally friendly" are not new. Just new to some. Let's make sure it doesn't become old news fast. Let's make this current "trend" not a trend and make it an actual shift and change in our behaviour. In fact, let's take out the word "trend" because trends come and go. Green is here to stay.