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Suzuki to be keynote speaker at Conservation North fundraiser October 7

David Suzuki will be speaking at the House of Ancestors October 7. Jennifer Roessler photo

Renowned scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki will be delivering a keynote address at the House of Ancestors October 7 as a fundraiser for local ecological advocacy group Conservation North. A meet and greet reception with Suzuki will take place before the main event. Tickets are on sale at Books and Company and on Eventbrite.

“We’re honoured that Dr. Suzuki offered his time for free to help us raise money to continue our work protecting precious primary forests,” said Michelle Connolly, director of the volunteer-based group. Dr. Suzuki was last in Prince George in 2015 during his “Blue Dot” tour, which attracted hundreds of attendees.

“Conservation North is a group with integrity and grit, and we need more people to join the movement they’ve created in northern B.C. to protect what’s left of nature,” said Suzuki.

Suzuki is familiar to television audiences for his 44 years as host the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things.  He was the recipient of the inaugural BC Reconciliation Award in 2020 and was honoured by The Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television’s with a Lifetime Achievement Award the same year.

Conservation North’s latest work includes exposing the logging of primary forests for pellets. The group will be using the proceeds to continue its work towards protecting the last three intact valleys in the Upper Fraser from roads and logging –  the Walker, Goat and Raush.

Suzuki is a Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His written work includes more than 56 books, 19 of them for children.

Tickets are on sale at Books and Company and on Eventbrite for $50 to attend the keynote and $100 to meet David ahead of the event and attend the keynote.

Conservation North will also be hosting a teen meet and greet with David on the morning of October 7.

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