When I began studying sustainability I learned the term biophile: one who feels a strong attraction to or emotional attachment to the living world. Growing up I spent a lot of time in nature; I was still a teen when I recognized the impact nature had on my wellbeing. My Dad loves to travel and explore new places and from a young age distilled a sense of curiosity in me that has driven me all over the world. I have an immense appreciation for the natural and cultural diversity on this planet and for any opportunity I have to learn from others.
The pandemic has shone a light on the many ways in which our society is organized that counteract efforts to stabilize the climate, enable equality, and foster health and wellbeing for all. As our communities are vaccinated and our economy re-opens, it's important to me to be thoughtful. After this pause, how should we proceed?
As soon as we can, likely at the end of June, Ian and I will ride our bikes from Toronto to Montreal (600km+) over 6 days. Despite months of training, this is going to be a huge challenge for me and the most cycling I've ever done. I want to do this to challenge myself, to have fun, and to promote the sustainable solutions that will lead us all to a healthier, bountiful, equitable future.
David Suzuki is a household name in Canada. He has spent most of his long life advocating for all of us, for our health and that of our planet. The foundation's projects invest in climate solutions, nature conservation and restoration, and sustainable communities. Please join me in contributing to this incredible organization, and to a brighter future!