"When statements are made to provoke, ignite or confront, in reality a serious irresponsibility is being committed," says climate expert Fernando Valladares
The scientist from the Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) and climate expert Fernando Valladares yesterday criticized the Minister of the Environment of Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones, who had linked the fires with "extreme environmentalism". "When statements are made to provoke, ignite or confront, in reality a serious irresponsibility is being committed before which both the media and society or of course scientists must have zero tolerance," said Valladores during his speech in a course at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) in Santander.
The researcher described these types of statements as "frivolous" and recalled that with climate change "human lives are at stake, the future of young people is compromised and an energy crisis with dimensions too large to be playing is looming." "You have to park the frivolities for the sake of responsibility," said Valladares, who insisted on the importance of curbing climate change. "It kills more people than war conflicts," he stressed. “It is impressive to see deaths in Ukraine, but many more people die every year due to climate change and it seems that we are not getting used to this being the case,” he argued.
After the fires in Burgos, Zamora and Ávila, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones stated that "extreme environmentalism" made it difficult to clean the mountains, which favored the spread of the fire. For these words, Ecologists in Action demanded the resignation of the counselor, who hours later began to be investigated by the Prosecutor's Office "for the lack of declaration of high fire risk on June 15" when the Sierra de la Culebra fire broke out in Zamora