22 July 2008

David Suzuki Got Copenhagenized

The Nature of Things
It's not every day you get a legendary environmentalist with a rock star status visiting town, but last week Copenhagenize/Copenhagen Cycle Chic were quite pleased to have hosted David Suzuki, his daughter Sarika and a film crew from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. [CBC].
The Nature of Things
David Suzuki, 72, hosts Canada's longest running documentary programme The Nature of Things. He is in Europe filming an hour-long programme on sustainability in Europe and Copenhagen's bike culture will feature prominently. We spent two days cycling around the city, with me leading Suzuki and his daugther, Sarika, on a tour of our bike culture. The goal of the programme, he said, is to highlight how far behind Canada is compared to European countries with regards to sustainability and to encourage Canadians to wake up and smell the renewable energy.

Suzuki is a scientist and environmentalist and if you're in Canada, Japan or Australia, you've probably heard of him. When we were down in the touristy areas, like near the Little Mermaid, Canadians and Aussies kept coming up to say hi. The man is an inspiration. He is so passionate about his work and he is constantly hungry for knowledge. It is worth having a look at the website for his David Suzuki Foundation. He was completely amazed at Copenhagen's bike culture and by all accounts he hopes to get on board the bike advocate train when he gets home. He'll be an amazing advocate for bike culture and separated bike infrastructure in Canadian cities.
The Nature of Things
Most of the filming was done on bikes, of course. We had three bikes for me, David Suzuki and Sarika Suzuki and were followed by two rickshaws carrying the camera and sound boys as well as the director. The guys from Baisikeli provided a cargo bike, as well, from which some shots were filmed. There was also a quick tour out to the IKEA store that has launched the bike and trailer concept with Velorbis bikes - as you can see in the first photo. It's amazing how many people have picked up on that story since we broke it here on Copenhagenize. Everyone speaks IKEA, I suppose.
The Nature of Things Crew
After two days of filming in Copenhagen, the CBC crew moved on to Berlin, travelling throughout Europe by train, of course. On the last day he gave an autograph to a Canadian who lives here and wrote "I'm Copenhagenized...". We're pleased he had a good time. Look forward to the programme's premiere in, I believe, October.

12 comments:

Bethany said...

Sweet! I can't wait to see it when it is broadcasted.

burrito said...

David Suzuki is indeed an inspirational guy who does a lot to bring attention to sustainability and environmental issues - can't wait to see this latest production of his, sounds fabulous!

WestfieldWanderers said...

All this fame, Mikael...

Copenhagenize Celebrity Status already.

Keep it up!

Bluefish said...

I met him twice in my life. Last time he gave a conference in Montreal, along with Al Gore. It was very inspiring.

amsterdamize said...

That is awesome, Mikael! I'll keep taps of my bit torrents when it comes out, I'm counting on an interview with a certain Sartorialist ;).

uglycoyote said...

I am a cyclist in Vancouver, where Mr Suzuki also lives. I am excited to hear that he is planning to "get on board the bike advocate train". We could really use a high profile person like him here to champion the cause and get the ball really rolling.

KT said...

I love cycling in Suzuki's hometown Vancouver. Can't wait to see his doc, and also the effects this visit might have there! That's so cool that you guys got to hang out with him! Jealous!

Zakkaliciousness said...

he is quite the character. such an inspiration and so interested and engaged in everything.

Ryan (green.ryder) said...

Just a heads up, but the program will air on Sunday, November 16 on CBC.
This should show a trailer of what the show is about:
http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/docplayer_tnot.html?id=911527455

Anonymous said...

I never knew how big cycling was in Copenhagen. thanks to Dr. Suzuki I now have another reason to want to visit. Canada needs to wake up.
Hug your bike.

Anonymous said...

A photo credit would have been nice. Do you know who took the pictures?

Mikael said...

I took the photos. If you click on them you go to the source. Although I can't remember who took the last one. One of us, anyway.