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TORONTO — David Suzuki's daughter Sarika Cullis-Suzuki has been named the next co-host of “The Nature of Things.” © Provided by The Canadian Press
CBC said Wednesday that Cullis-Suzuki will take the reins from her father along with marine biologist and environmentalist Anthony Morgan following Suzuki's retirement in the spring.
Suzuki himself made the announcement by video at a CBC media event to tout their upcoming winter lineup.
In the clip, Suzuki referred to himself as the elder environmentalist who “spends his days foraging for delicious snacks” while disrupting the status quo. That cut to a pyjama-clad Suzuki seen probing his fridge and later, practising yoga, shirtless.
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“I’m so excited because the new hosts Anthony and Cullis will be coming in — they’re young and vibrant,” Suzuki added in the video message.
“I want to thank you, our audience, you’ve kept us on air all these years, a steadfast, loyal audience, and don’t worry, it’s going to continue to be important to everyone.”
Suzuki announced in October that he will retire from the science series at the end of next season, which launches Jan. 6, 2023, on CBC TV and CBC Gem.
CBC said Cullis-Suzuki and Morgan have guest-hosted past episodes and will each host an episode in Suzuki’s final season.
The Victoria-based Cullis-Suzuki, a trained marine biologist, also hosted CBC-TV's "The Suzuki Diaries" in 2008 with her father.
Cullis-Suzuki said in a release that it “feels amazing” to be a part of the show's legacy, not just because of her father's connection but because she believes in the show.
As nature talks unfold, here's what '30 by 30' conservation could mean in Canada
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was unequivocal Wednesday when asked if Canada was going to meet its goal to protect one-quarter of all Canadian land and oceans by 2025. "I am happy to say that we are going to meet our '25 by 25' target," Trudeau said during a small roundtable interview with journalists on the sidelines of the nature talks taking place in Montreal. That goal, which would already mean protecting 1.2 million more square kilometres of land, is just the interim stop on the way to conserving 30 per cent by 2030 — the marquee target Canada is pushing for during the COP15 biodiversity conference.
“It is such an honour. I feel so humbled," Cullis-Suzuki said.
The Toronto-based Morgan is described as a television host, entrepreneur, game designer and PhD researcher. He holds an honours B.Sc. in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour from McMaster University and a degree in science communication from Laurentian University.
“I don’t think anybody can be David Suzuki, because he really is this kind of singular, inimitable character. And so I think the challenge for me is going to try to be myself and allow myself to genuinely follow my curiosity the way that I always have,” Morgan said in a release.
Suzuki began hosting “The Nature of Things” on Oct. 29, 1979.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2022.
Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press
Trudeau says 120 countries are ready to agree to '30 by 30' framework at COP15 .
MONTREAL — As negotiations officially began at the COP15 UN nature talks in Montreal Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said almost two-thirds of the countries at the table have already agreed to protect 30 per cent of the world's land and water by the end of the decade. But he said the negotiations with some of the five biggest countries in the world, including Russia and China, pose a diplomatic and political challenge. "InternationalBut he said the negotiations with some of the five biggest countries in the world, including Russia and China, pose a diplomatic and political challenge.