David Suzuki joins environmental march in Victoria as BC grapples with record flooding and rains – Saanich News

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David Suzuki speaks at a protest outside the Legislative Assembly on November 20. (Jake Romphf / News Staff)
Environmental protesters in the Legislature on November 20.  (Jake Romphf / News Staff)Environmental protesters in the Legislature on November 20. (Jake Romphf / News Staff)
Environmental protesters march through the streets of Victoria on November 20.  (Jake Romphf / News Staff)Environmental protesters march through the streets of Victoria on November 20. (Jake Romphf / News Staff)

After a week in which British Columbia struggled to recover from devastating floods and landslides, environmental activists marched through the streets of Victoria on Saturday.

Mass of a few hundred, hosted by Extinction Rebellion, marched through the streets of Centennial Square to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Protesters were calling for urgent climate action from the BC government – which the group berated for “failing to protect our ecology and increase support for new infrastructure that destroys fossil fuels.”

David Suzuki was leading the pack on the streets of Victoria. Once the group settled at the gates of the legislature, the environmental activist, writer and broadcaster spoke about the impact humans have had on the planet’s natural systems.

Suzuki, widely known for hosting The Nature of Things, said that while the planet itself will persist and eventually bloom again after a nature collapse, humans won’t be so lucky if the status quo doesn’t change.

He noted that for most of human history there was an understanding that people are grounded and totally dependent on nature.

“Human-caused mass extinction is happening because we have changed the way we see ourselves and our place in the world,” Suzuki said.

There was a shift in mindset, he said, toward one where humans asserted dominance over everything else – seeing Earth only as something that could be mined for resources.

“Who the hell do we think we are,” Suzuki said, adding that politicians and businesses continue to put the economy and a historically rich fossil fuel sector ahead of children’s well-being and their futures. “Let’s put the eco back into the economy.

“I am here to join Extinction Rebellion to rebel against human-caused species extinction and to signal the solution to the ecological crises of our time, which is the death of the destructive system.”


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