Extreme weather will get worse unless governments act to limit climate change, says scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki

Extreme weather will get worse unless governments act to limit climate change, says scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki
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Climate change is biggest threat, says scientist

“No matter what anyone says during this long federal election campaign, climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians’ health, security and economy,” writes David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. “Vote for a better, cleaner Canada,” he urges in a piece published today.

‘Scientific evidence is incontrovertible’

The science is incontrovertible, he says. “Wastefully burning fossil fuels at such a rapid rate is jeopardizing the planet’s life-support systems—harming human health, destroying landscapes and habitat, causing widespread extreme weather events and contributing less to the economy and job-creation than clean energy development.”

Scientist David Suzuki urges voters to question candidates and find out about party positions on climate change before casting their ballots.
Scientist David Suzuki urges voters to question candidates and find out about party positions on climate change before casting their ballots. © CBC

Canada chastised for obstructing climate summits

Suzuki notes that Canada has been chastised for obstructing progress at climate summits and working to water down agreements, and he argues that at the next UN climate summit in December “we need our government to play a responsible, constructive role.”

Voters urged to question candidates

Canada is in the midst of a federal election campaign and Suzuki says although the issue of climate change has been raised, “talking points don’t always match the severity of the problem.” He says it is up to voters to question candidates and inform themselves about the various parties’ positions before they cast their ballots on October 19th.

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3 comments on “Climate change is biggest threat, says scientist
  1. Avatar Rod says:

    It’s not climate change, stupidity is the biggest threat. 30 years ago when I was trying to tell Suzuki about the threat from climate change, he just blew me off. Well 30 years ago we still may have been able to do something. Once again The Great Suzuki misses the mark, too little too late. We long ago passed the point of no return.

    Get over it! We are now committed, so let’s try to adapt, before it’s too late again!

  2. Avatar mememine69 says:

    Liberals are the new “Neocons”
    Science NEVER saying; “PROVEN” for their own CO2 ARMAGEDDON is “PROOF” that you liberals exaggerated vague science just as an excuse to HATE conservatives.

    Is this how you “believers” want your kids remembering you

  3. Avatar Rudy Haugeneder says:

    Until hundreds of thousands of Climate Change refugees begin crossing into North America, nothing much will change. People are more worried about their next paycheque than anything else, even the future a couple of decades down the road. And politicians know that so don’t expect anything to happen at the global climate change conference. These have taken place before and nothing important ever came of them: lots of worlds but nothing important. And that will again repeat itself.
    Meanwhile, if you are worried, do a little something, and vote Green Party of Canada.