Jail Politicians Who Ignore Science: Suzuki
"David Suzuki delivered a scathing and powerful speech to a packed house at McGill Thursday night, calling on young people and business leaders to reverse the demise of ecology at the hand of shortsighted economic theory.
[...] He urged today’s youth to speak out against politicians complicit in climate change, even suggesting they look for a legal way to throw our current political leaders in jail for ignoring science – drawing rounds of cheering and applause. Suzuki said that politicians, who never see beyond the next election, are committing a criminal act by ignoring science.
[...] He gave a scathing critique of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, chastising them for neglecting the environment in favour of economic growth and development of the tar sands.
“It is an intergenerational crime that in the face of the work of scientists over the last 20 years, they keep dithering as they are,” he said.
Suzuki also underlined the interconnectedness of humans with their natural world – a point not often made by mainstream environment critics.
“We are the environment. There is no distinction. What we do to the earth we do to ourselves,” he said.
In using DDT to kill insects, he said, we harmed the environment as well as human health before understanding effects of processes like biomagnification – where a toxin increases in concentration at each successive level in food chain – until years after DDT was introduced. He said the same thing is happening with genetically modified organisms.
“Mark my words, any scientist that tells you they are safe is either ignorant or lying to you,” he said. "