‘Pipelines will be blown up,’ says David Suzuki, if leaders don’t act on climate change

David Suzuki, the godfather of the Canadian environmental movement, warned over the weekend that if politicians don’t act to reverse climate change, there could be attacks against oil and gas infrastructure. “We’re in deep, deep doo-doo,” said Suzuki Saturday, speaking at an Extinction Rebellion protest on Vancouver island. “This what we’re come to, the next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.” Suzuki, reached by the National Post on Monday, said violence within the environmental movement is already happening, although he identified police actions against anti-logging protesters and anti-gas pipeline protesters as the culprits. Asked whether or not he would support the bombing of pipelines, Suzuki said “of course not.” “The violence is coming from the authorities, from government, from the RCMP,” said Suzuki. “They’re declaring war against those that are protesting.” Still, Suzuki warned again he feels that, with protesters engaging in civil disobedience, there are few other options for those who feel government isn’t moving rapidly enough to tackle climate change. What else is there but violence, he wondered.

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