Photo: A year to celebrate

David Suzuki and Tara Cullis got the idea for the David Suzuki Foundation after a meeting of minds in 1989.

This year and next mark special occasions for David Suzuki and the Foundation. In September, we celebrated 25 years of bringing scientific understanding and solutions to the environmental challenges Canada faces. And in March, our co-founder David Suzuki will celebrate his 80th birthday.

Suzuki already had a history of science and environmental advocacy and activism when CBC Radio asked him to host a fivepart series called It's a Matter of Survival in 1988. That program drew more than 16,000 letters (in pre-email days), many from people asking what they could do. Suzuki's wife, Tara Cullis, suggested it was time to be more than just messengers. In late 1989, they invited a small group of thinkers to Pender Island to discuss ideas. They agreed on the need for an organization that went beyond responding to individual crises.

As Suzuki wrote in his autobiography, "An organization was needed to focus on root causes, so that steps could be taken to A year to celebrate
produce real change." They decided it had to be science-based, and that it shouldn't accept government grants. In 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation was born, despite objections from Suzuki about having it named for him.

Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has changed and grown. Thanks to your support, it's succeeded in bringing about positive change in many areas, from helping to reform the trawl-fishing industry to getting legal protection for species at risk and their habitat to researching climate change solutions.

Although David Suzuki is no longer officially affiliated with the Foundation, he remains one of our most committed volunteers and donors. At the Foundation, we're proud of the work we've done and are happy to wish our co-founder a happy 80th birthday. And we want to thank all of you for making the past 25 years memorable and successful and for supporting us in the years to come. There's still a lot of work left to do!