David Suzuki Foundation rejects Suzuki’s warning that ‘pipelines will be blown up’ if no action is taken on climate change

A video broadcast of the remarks shows Suzuki wearing a white jacket with the David Suzuki Foundation logo

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The David Suzuki Foundation has distanced itself from environmental activist David Suzuki’s warning that ‘pipelines will be blown up’ if political leaders do not act on climate change.

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During an interview with CHEK News on Saturday, November 20, Suzuki warned that “if our leaders are not aware of what is going on”, there will be “pipelines bursting up” without elaborating further.

A video broadcast of the remarks shows Suzuki wearing a white jacket with the David Suzuki Foundation logo.

Two days later, on November 22, the foundation, an environmentally friendly non-profit headquartered in Vancouver, issued a statement on Twitter denying any involvement in the allegations, explaining that Suzuki was speaking on its own behalf and not for the organization.

Their founder, it said, did not pose a ‘direct threat to destroying fossil fuel infrastructure.’

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“David Suzuki has been predicting environmental consequences for decades. In the same way, this comment was a predictive reflection on the escalating efforts and potential for conflict due to the effects of man-made climate change, ”the organization explained in a Twitter thread.

His comments, the foundation said, were a ‘reflection of the increased frustration’ felt by those on the west coast, for example, who saw their community destroyed by hothouses, forest fires, atmospheric rivers, while the BC government continues to expand infrastructure for fossil fuels. fuels, including LNG plants and pipelines.

David Suzuki co-founded Non Profit in 1990 with his wife Tara Cullis as a solution-based response to tackling the environmental crisis. The Foundation prioritises maritime health and sustainable fisheries, climate change, clean energy and sustainability and works with local people, especially indigenous communities, to develop alternative and sustainable models for economic development and community development.

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Cullis currently serves as chairman of the board, which oversees the foundation, while his daughter Severn Cullis-Suzuki is the organization’s CEO.

Saturday’s event in Victoria saw hundreds march from Centennial Square to the BC Legislature to urge governments to take action against the province’s ongoing climate crisis.

“We are in deep, deep doo-doo,” Suzuki said at the protest. “That’s what we’re got to. The next phase after this, pipelines will be blown up if our leaders are not aware of what’s going on.”

Reached by the National Post on Monday, Suzuki said violence within the environmental movement is already taking place, although he identified police actions against anti-logging protesters and anti-gas pipeline protesters as the culprits.

Asked whether he would support the bombing of pipelines, Suzuki said: “Of course not.”

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