Saturday, February 09, 2008
Addressing the McGill Business Conference on Sustainability, Mr. Suzuki implored a packed audience of 600 to help Canada balance its economic and ecological interests, and pointed to environmental dangers such as the tarsands in Alberta. Toward the end of the extemporaneous speech, he said that, "we can no longer tolerate what's going on in Ottawa and Edmonton" and then encouraged attendees to hold politicians accountable for what he called an "intergenerational crime" of dismissing the evidence of climate change.
"What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there's a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they're doing is a criminal act," said Mr. Suzuki, who then received vigorous applause.
If you can't convince people of your ideas, throw them in jail. It's empowering.