When David Suzuki, Canada’s foremost environmentalist and one of the most respected people in Canada, calls for political and economic revolution, shouldn’t you be writing to the media and political leaders and demanding , “1.5 to stay alive!“?
Environmentalist David Suzuki thinks the federal government isn’t doing enough to fulfill its climate promises. Photo by Jocelyn Michel
David Suzuki is calling for political and economic revolution.
The acclaimed scientist, broadcaster, and Great Canadian has seen it all. But he’s disillusioned with politics like never before. He says for B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, “politics comes before principle.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “would be a wonderful Governor-General,” in his view. The democratic system is “completely broke.”
David Suzuki is pissed: B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, “politics comes before principle,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “would be a wonderful Governor-General,” and that our entire political system is “completely broke.” #cdnpoli
At age 81, in his self-described
“death zone,” Suzuki is forcefully advocating for a paradigm shift that is nothing short of revolutionary: political leaders drawn by lot, an empowered Senate of Canada, and a sustainable “doughnut economy
“You hear about the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line is the environment, society, and the economy. Usually, it is depicted by three circles of equal size. Usually they’re overlapping, so the areas where they’re overlapping is the sweet spot. That’s where you gotta work and benefit all three.
“The reality is you’ve got one big circle, the biosphere: the zone of air, water, and land, where all life exists. Within that there are 10 million little circles of different size. That’s each species. Within the human circle, the economy should be a tiny ring within that. But what we’ve got is one big circle, and one of the rings inside is 40 per cent of the circle. Humans have taken over 40 per cent of the net primary productivity of the planet. And of course when we take that over we drive all the other species to extinction. We’re trying to keep the economy growing so that it will be bigger than society and the environment. This is crazy.”
On the sidelines of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Charged Up program launch in Vancouver, National Observer caught up with the man himself for a wide-ranging, unfiltered conversation. Below is the uncensored transcript, edited for brevity and clarity. MORE
Extinction Rebellion is an international protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues. Demonstration have included blocking bridges to traffic in London and a semi-naked protest inside the House of Commons. The group says climate breakdown threatens all life on Earth, and so it is rebelling against politicians who ‘have failed us’, to provoke radical change that will stave off a climate emergency.
Unlike many other Canadian cities, Prince Edward County Council has yet to announce a climate emergency.
Extinction Rebellion activists continue action after more than 100 arrested overnight
Police officers start arresting Extinction Rebellion activists occupying Waterloo Bridge. Photograph: Sean Smith/The Guardian
Police have moved in again to begin arresting climate activists blocking Waterloo Bridge in central London.
Hundreds of people had occupied the crossing and three other sites in the capital since Monday morning.
Over Monday night, officers tried to clear the bridge, arresting 113 people, but the blockade remained in place. Just after 12.30pm on Tuesday, officers moved in again and began to carry people away.
The protests are part of a global campaign organised by the British climate group Extinction Rebellion, with demonstrations planned in 80 cities across 33 countries in the coming days.
The group has called on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens’ assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. MORE
“It’s not about making a thousand changes in your life; it’s about a thousand people making a single change. We understand that it’s not plastic free, but it’s heading towards that.” -Julie Miller, chair of Plastic Free PEC
Postmedia file photo A group in Prince Edward County is encouraging residents to stop using single-use plastic items such as water bottles.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – A group of like-minded citizens have joined together to create a group called “Plastic Free PEC.”
According to their Vision Statement they are “changing attitudes, habits, and business practices in Prince Edward County that will result in the reduction of single-use plastics.” But it’s not an all-or-
nothing approach. The group believes that an impact can be made by encouraging everyone to make small incremental changes. They are starting by focusing on eliminating six items from everyday use: water bottles; straws; coffee cups; ziplock bags; plastic bags; and cutlery.
While it is still a newly formed committee, Plastic Free PEC has sought a Proclamation from Mayor Steve Ferguson to proclaim April 22 as Plastic Free day in Prince Edward County, which also happens to be Earth Day. Other short-term goals of the committee are to purchase a mobile event water station – a kin to a Quench Buggy, but on a much smaller and more affordable scale; to provide education about moving away from a life full of single-use plastics; and to seek commitments from other community groups to ban single-use plastics at meetings and events.
Plastic Free PEC
is seeking more volunteers to join the group. Possible volunteer roles could involve staffing an educational booth at an event; fundraising to purchase a mobile event water station;
assisting with trash bashes; or advocating to PEC community groups and businesses to change their consumption of plastics.