Famous environmental activist David Suzuki issued a warning to politicians and global leaders if they fail to act on climate change.
“There are going to be pipelines blowing up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” David Suzuki told CHEK News this weekend.
The environmentalist made the comments during an Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island protest — called a Funeral for the Future — in downtown Victoria on Saturday .
Suzuki was present at the group’s initial event in the United Kingdom in 2018.
“I saw the power of civil disobedience,” he said, later adding. “People in Extinction Rebellion are saying we’re headed in a direction of extinction and we’re rebelling against it. That’s why I’m here.”
“It is now the age of consequences. We need action. We need a declaration of a climate emergency by this NDP government and we need them to begin to act with the reality of that emergency. We need changes in policy, no more investment in fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Dr. Don Goodeve, an organizer with Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island.
“What has just happened with the unprecedented rainfall and floods and Premier Horgan has the temerity to come back and say, well, six months ago, nobody could have predicted this,” said Goodeve. “Well, yes, they could. The scientists have been telling us for over 30 years that the consequences of unbridled expansion of fossil fuels and the continued investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, and not addressing the root causes of the climate crisis.”
“We cannot go on having a food chain that is 6,000 or 7,000 miles long,” added Suzuki. “We’re a northern country, why the hell are we able to buy fresh tomatoes and lettuce and fresh fruit 12 months a year? We’ve got to start living in a way that reflects the place that we live.”
“My whole message here? It is that so long as we cling to the models or systems that we’ve built our laws, our politics, and our economics — as long as we cling to those — as being more important than everything else? We’re hooped.”
Suzuki is no stranger to wild exaggerated claims. He once noted the Fukushima disaster had the possibility to destroy all of Japan - which was not supported by any scientific evidence.