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Teens Hold Funeral at International Gas Conference
Climate strikers continue actions in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, May 21 - Today, Metro Vancouver high school students staged a funeral for their future at the Canada Gas and LNG conference to draw attention to the role the fossil fuel industry plays in climate breakdown.
“We are in a climate crisis, and it is unconscionable to be working to grow an industry that is fueling this crisis,” said one of the organizers, Rebecca Hamilton, 16. “We are here to remind conference attendees that their actions are killing our generation’s future.”
“We are appealing to the executives and government representatives in this building on a human level. We are asking them to think about the world they are creating for their children.”
The students are part of the group Sustainabiliteens, the Vancouver chapter of the Climate Strike Canada movement. They have organized multiple actions since December, including the major March 15 and May 3 climate strikes, which drew upwards of 2000 and 3000 attendees respectively. The goal of their actions is to elevate public concern about climate emergency, and to urge all political parties to adopt science-aligned emission reduction plans.
The fossil fuel industry claims that natural gas is a less polluting alternative to burning oil and coal for electricity, but methane leaks result in comparable life cycle emissions. “It is ludicrous to consider gas sustainable and a ‘transition fuel’. We cannot burn our way out of this crisis”, says Hamilton. Climate Strike Canada is opposed to the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry. They are calling on governments to invest instead in sustainable job creators and energy sources.
“The upcoming October federal election is going to be a referendum on climate action. Voters need to consider whether they are placing their vote on the side of life and rationality, or on the side of an industry that is destroying the future of our generation” Hamilton says. The federal government currently gives over $3.3 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry every year, of which approximately $271 million goes specifically to gas producers in British Columbia.
The British Columbia LNG Canada development would result in the equivalent of over 8 million tons of greenhouse gases emitted, including emissions from upstream fracking. Meeting BC's 2050 climate target will be virtually impossible with the carbon pollution emitted from the two most advanced LNG export projects on the BC Coast.
Rebecca Hamilton, spokesperson
Pictures in google folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IWhyemDdyGcz06fvsrr-Q_G2L_eDiR