When the Straight posted on-line a February 12 article about the decision to keep the Olympic flame burning in perpetuity in a 10-metre cauldron, one reader made a comment asking for an opinion from the David Suzuki Foundation.
The reader wrote that keeping the flame lit is an “unneccsesarry [sic] carbon emission source”.
Today (February 17), the Straight sought a comment from the Suzuki Foundation.
Here’s what Suzuki Foundation climate-change campaigner Deborah Carlson had to say by e-mail:
The decision to keep the Olympic cauldron burning fossil fuel indefinitely is wasteful, and sends the wrong message to the public. The Vancouver Olympics have been applauded for constructing energy-efficient venues and villages, but keeping the cauldron lit is a high-profile way to undermine these achievements. Yet with the trucked-in snow disappearing rapidly on Cypress Mountain, no one will be surprised to hear that scientists are telling us this is the warmest winter on record. More than ever we need to focus on solutions that help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels today, so that we won’t be facing even worse impacts in the future. Improving Vancouver’s sustainable transportation option (how about a commitment to operate the Olympic streetcar in perpetuity?) would be a much more compelling legacy, and could be part of a truly ”˜green’ vision of the future for Vancouver.