VANCOUVER | UNCEDED xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (MUSQUEAM), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (SQUAMISH) AND səlilwətaɬ (TSLEIL-WAUTUTH) TERRITORIES (July 13, 2023) — As global executives meet in Vancouver this week to discuss liquefied natural gas, the David Suzuki Foundation is calling the conference “out of touch with reality.”
“This fossil fuel conference is out of touch with reality as global heat records shatter and the worst wildfire season in Canada’s history is recorded,” said Foundation executive director Severn Cullis-Suzuki.
Industry executives are meeting at the Vancouver Convention Centre for what is touted as the largest global LNG industry conference and exhibition to discuss expansion of “natural” gas fracking and LNG development.
LNG Canada, responsible for LNG projects in B.C., is in attendance, along with fossil fuel giants including Chevron, Enbridge and Qatar Energy.
The Foundation is targeting conference attendees through its digital marketing campaign that counters industry’s “natural” gas and LNG greenwashing.
The ads are running across B.C. on billboards, transit and digital formats in July.
A recent report from the DSF, Burning Bridge, examines the latest science and determined exporting Canadian LNG will make climate change worse since it will lock out investments in renewables and no further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure is compatible with a climate-safe future. The report outlines the risk that LNG plants will have to close before they are paid off and end up as stranded assets.
The Foundation is calling on the B.C. government to stop LNG expansion and instead focus on the transition to a healthy, affordable and safe renewable energy future.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation, said:
“We’re at a dangerous juncture in British Columbia. It’s madness to entertain proposals for fossil fuel expansion. New LNG facilities have no place in a climate-safe future.
“We have to end this era of fossil fuel supremacy, where oil and gas companies spend millions on marketing their business and covering up the human and environmental costs.
“The claim that fracking methane gas is ‘natural’ or ‘clean’ is misleading and dangerous. Our marketing campaign pushes back on the LNG greenwashing we’re seeing across B.C.”
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About the campaign:
The David Suzuki Foundation (DavidSuzuki.org | @DavidSuzukiFdn) is a leading Canadian environmental non-profit organization, founded in 1990. We operate in English and French, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. We collaborate with all people in Canada, including First Nations leadership and communities, governments, businesses and individuals to find solutions to create a sustainable Canada through scientific research, traditional ecological knowledge, communications and public engagement, and innovative policy and legal solutions. Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future.