“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”
– David Suzuki
Last week, I had the privilege of taking part in a roundtable discussion with David Suzuki, along with 9 other youth from across Canada!
How often does a girl get to meet her hero!
The conference was part of the Planet In Focus film festival in Toronto, Ontario. Adria Vasil, an environmental journalist and bestselling author, was our moderator for the discussion. Each contributor had the opportunity to ask a question, which was answered by Dr. Suzuki and then discussed by the rest of the participants. My question was “How can we encourage the Canadian government to ban fracking?”. As an environmentalist, David Suzuki shared many of my concerns about hydraulic fracturing, and we had a very absorbing and political discussion about the topic.
My Fellow Youth Activists
I have never met so many inspiring youth as I did at the discussion! Some participants were also bloggers, while others had even founded their own organizations. After hearing some of the intelligent questions and discussions, it was hard to believe that no one was over the age of 25!
For more information on the participants of the conference, you can read our bios on the Planet In Focus website.
Meeting David Suzuki
When I walked into the conference room at the University of Toronto, I found that I was actually seated next to David Suzuki himself! What an honour!
Dr. Suzuki has always been one of my heroes, and I was so lucky to have the chance to meet him at this event. Throughout the discussion, he shared his wisdom as an experienced and recognized environmentalist, with some anecdotes of his own. I think that I speak for all of the participants when I say that it was an absolute pleasure to meet with David Suzuki and discuss the future of this planet.
One of Dr. Suzuki’s quotes from the conference that I found particularly inspiring was “Do whatever it is you love to do, through the lens of environmentalism”. This is important for people to recognize. You don’t have to be an “environmentalist” to protect the earth. Instead, we should all take an environmental attitude to life.
The roundtable discussion was an amazing experience, and I would like to thank Planet In Focus for this opportunity. If you live in Toronto, be sure to check out the films and events surrounding this festival!