Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May talked about criminal liability for climate change shortly before running into B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver on Alberni Street. They were in Vancouver for the Pride parade.CHARLIE SMITH
The leader of the Green Party of Canada has warned other politicians that they could face legal consequences in their lifetimes if they fail to take the climate crisis seriously.
“The bar here for caring about the climate isn’t to have policies better than the Conservatives,” Elizabeth May told the Georgia Straight before today’s Vancouver Pride parade. “The bar has to be: have you set a course and do you have a plan to hold to 1.5 degrees Celsius global average temperature increase [since the start of the Industrial Revolution] and not go above that?
“And if you don’t have that plan in place, then you are as culpable as much as the oil executives and the deniers,” May continued. “Because as [350.org cofounder] Bill McKibben says, incremental steps—baby steps—are just another way of losing, but losing more slowly. It doesn’t mean you’re a climate leader and it doesn’t mean you’ve taken the responsible action that any responsible leader should take.”
May’s comments came in the wake of a talked-about tweet by former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell.
Campbell, also a former justice minister, claimed over the social-media platform that oil companies have committed “crimes against humanity” by knowingly concealing the impact of their products on the climate.
This is precisely why I have said that the oil companies have committed CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY! All the factors are there: KNOWLEDGE of the truth and DELIBERATE action to CONCEAL (“becloud”) the truth to save their profits while preparing to protect themselves! Nuremberg worthy! https://twitter.com/senwhitehouse/status/1157290669657993222 …