- Category: news
- Created: Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:27
- Published: Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:27
- Written by Administrator 3
- Hits: 528
BY JASON WARICK, THE STARPHOENIX
Obsession with economic development will lead to a “dead end” for the planet, and First Nations people can help educate others about sustainability, environmentalist David Suzuki told a group of First Nations leaders.
Suzuki spoke to delegates at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) assembly at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation Wednesday. His foundation and the FSIN have recently agreed to work together on environmental concerns.
Suzuki said it’s unbelievable that provincial and federal leaders can cite economic concerns to delay action to combat climate change. He said humans are rapidly changing the fundamental properties of the planet.
He said throughout history, humans have followed a similar pattern: they use up the land, water and other resources of a region, then either move or learn to live sustainably in that area. This pattern of degradation has accelerated exponentially in recent years, he said.
“We now have created a global eco-crisis.”
Suzuki said the “full ecological and social cost must enter all equations” when extracting resources or considering other development.
He opened his remarks by saying he was honoured to be standing on Dakota territory, and received a standing ovation from several hundred delegates.
“Good words, strong words,” FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said.
Suzuki, who said he plans to attend the assembly Thursday as well, was wrapped in a starblanket. He shook hands with well-wishers before joining the drum and singing group.