Why a man from Vancouver hasn’t eaten in 25 days

“He risks damage to vital organs and dangerous heart rhythms that can be fatal.”

For Brent Eichler, hunger pangs are a minor pain to endure compared to the unprecedented threat humanity faces from climate change.

The Vancouver-based environmental lawyer puts his physical well-being on the line in an effort to save British Columbia’s last remaining virgin forests.

Now, on his 25th day without food, the 57-year-old tells Vancouver is amazing in a telephone interview that he is not very hungry.

“It’s a bit difficult for the first three days and then it gets pretty easy,” he explains. “Mentally I feel pretty good.”

While he doesn’t feel extreme hunger, the Save Old Growth and Extinction Rebellion member says he probably won’t last much longer and doctors visit him daily.

dr. Tim Takaro, who keeps an eye on him, says: “Brent shows incredible stamina, but feels the effects of hunger. He continues to lose weight – almost 20 pounds – and muscle mass. He is weak and has trouble keeping warm.

“He risks damage to vital organs and dangerous heart rhythms that can be fatal.”

Saving the Civil Resistance Movement Old Growth

Eichler will be joined by attorney Howard Breen, 69, who will also retire from liquids on Earth Day (April 22). Breen is currently under house arrest for an act of civil disobedience related to the Save Old Growth protests.

The couple’s hunger strike is part of the civil resistance movement Save Old Growth, which has been blocking major roads and bridges, including the Trans Canada Highway, since mid-January.

When asked why he chose to go on a hunger strike rather than protest with the group, Eichler notes that he is on probation because he has been “arrested so many times” and jokes that his “cowardice” keeps him from jail time. to risk.

Because he couldn’t protest in the street this time, the lawyer had to look for an alternative way to sound the alarm. He hopes to persuade the Minister of Forests, the Honorable Katrine Conroy, to organize a public meeting on the protection of the last remaining old-growth forests in the province.

“At a certain point in my life, like two years ago, I decided that my goal was to do what I can to save what’s left of nature and also the future of human civilization, because I believe that both things are in very good condition. danger now,” he explains.

David Suzuki told VIA in an earlier interview that he understands why Extinction Rebellion engages in civil disobedience, adding that humanity is on a “suicidal path”.

According to the iconic Canadian environmentalist, time is running out to prevent the most terrifying aspects of climate change. He is therefore not surprised that the youth of Vancouver are taking to the streets to protest against the government’s inaction.

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