David Suzuki visits Notre Dame’s Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 3-10-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus has hosted an inspiring lecture by acclaimed geneticist Dr David Suzuki.

More than 350 people packed Graduation Square on September 21 to hear the prominent scientist and environmentalist talk about his newly released autobiography.

On his final tour of Australia Dr Suzuki recounted his life growing up in Canada during World War II, where he and his family were interned in a British Columbia camp.

After graduating with honours from Amherst College in 1958 his skills in the laboratory took him to Universities in Canada and the United States.

But it was his work in protecting conservation in Canada and Brazil and in particular with the David Suzuki Foundation that gave the audience the most intimate insight into his life.

From living with Amazon tribes in Brazil during their struggle to stop their land being flooded, to organising a series of concerts to help native Canadian Indians protect their forests, Dr Suzuki used his amazing life experiences to emphasise the importance of protecting the natural environment.

The night ended with a book signing allowing the audience a chance to have a souvenir of the event and a quick conversation with author.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for people of the Kimberley to gather and hear Dr Suzuki’s life story,” said Broome Campus Executive Director Gavin Greaves.

“It is a life that has had a positive impact on millions of people on our planet.”