How will you celebrate David Suzuki's 75th birthday? | Finding Solutions | 2011 | Winter | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation
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By Leanne Clare

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You read that right: the man who never stops moving, talking, reading, writing, teaching, or crusading is turning three quarters of a century young on March 24. With a schedule that would make a man half his age weep with exhaustion, David Suzuki continues to blaze a trail of change that he hopes will benefit future generations. Of course, he likes to point out constantly that he's now in "the death zone", and it's time for others to take a leadership role in creating a healthier world.

Ask Suzuki what he wants to do for his 75th birthday and this is the kind of thing you'll hear: "I don't want to do anything. I just want people to forget about it. It's no big deal!"

Sometimes you don't always get what you want for your birthday...

Especially when it's a milestone like your 75th birthday and you happen to be one of Canada's most trusted and recognizable public figures. Birthdays are all about celebrating, so we asked a few Canadians what they'll be doing to toast Suzuki's 75th.

He shoots, he fundraises! Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference wants you to help him give Suzuki exactly what he wants for his birthday.

"He has done so much for our country, constantly there for us, working for the environment, " says Ference. "This is an opportunity to thank him for what he has done and to give him a gift. Of course, the best gift to give him and what he would want most is to help support his work through the Foundation." Ference is hosting his very own fundraising page at www.HappyBirthdayDavidSuzuki.com. Check it out and help him score his goal!

Rather than getting him a gold watch, the CBC has decided to invite Canadians across the country to help celebrate two important milestones‚ÄČ–‚ÄČthe 50th anniversary of The Nature of Things and its long-time host's 75th birthday. The national broadcaster will air a special program on March 24 at 8 p.m., featuring interviews with Al Gore, Robert Redford, Jane Goodall, and other distinguished guests.

"Like all birthday parties it will have some surprises, " says Frances-Mary Morrison, senior producer for The Nature of Things. "But everyone we talked to spoke about how their activism and what they do has been inspired by David."

The folks at the Drake Hotel in Toronto are known for their commitment to promoting Canadian arts and culture. Now the hipster hotel has added the environment to its list of causes. Hotel staff plan to screen Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, host concerts with Playlist for the Planet CD winner Danny Michel, and feature a special sustainable menu item created by executive chef Anthony Rose.

"We are both excited and honoured to celebrate David Suzuki's 75th birthday while raising awareness and funds for the Foundation, " says spokesperson Jenn Godbout. "We truly believe in doing our part to give back to the planet while engaging the community at large." For more information visit the Drake Hotel's fundraising page at www.HappyBirthdayDavidSuzuki.com.

How will you celebrate David Suzuki's 75th birthday on March 24? www.HappyBirthdayDavidSuzuki.com.