IT IS ONE THING TO SAY THIS PRIVATELY:
“The opportunity for a country like Canada is that we are hyperconsumers. After all, population impact is a function of number and consumption per person. The challenge for Canada is to stop this crazy notion that we’ve got to keep the economy growing by adding more people. Canadians are having less than 2 children per couple so to keep the economy climbing, we bring more and more people from low consuming countries and convert them to high consumers. This is nuts.”
Dr. David Suzuki to Peter Salonius October 21/2008.
BUT IT’S ANOTHER TO SAY IT BEFORE A CANADIAN AUDIENCE:
On September 22/06 an Australian radio interviewer asked Dr David Suzuki point blank, “Are you saying that Australia is overpopulated?” He replied bluntly, “you bet!”. Dr. Suzuki had the courage to make that statement about Australia to an Australian audience. But is he ready to make such a statement about Canada to a Canadian audience? If Robert Bateman is, why not him? It seems that he is getting warmer. On October 15/08, in an interview with Jo Marchant, he declared that industrialized countries are “way overpopulated”. Canada is one such country. Mark Twain once said that if you know something to be true, but won’t share it, you are guilty of a Silent Lie. Dr. Suzuki is in possession of an important truth. Why should only Australians get to hear it?
DR. DAVID SUZUKI: PART OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOLUTION, OR PART OF OUR CHALLENGE?
It is time for environmental groups to once again acknowledge the crucial role that immigrant-driven population growth plays in environmental degradation. We can’t focus on per-capita consumption, for the environment only cares about TOTAL consumption.
Biodiversity First Canada