A Canadian environmentalist group sheltering in a bunker say credit cards and food packaging bar codes are symbols carbon spewing culture, the official negotiating the release of children from the group said on Monday.
Around 30 followers, including four children, from across Ontario and neighboring Quebec met last October and barricaded themselves into a hillside to escape the global warming their local environmental activist leader says is looming in either April or May.
"They have burned their passports and say that all plastic (credit) cards and strip codes on food packaging are the work of capitalist carbon-producing pigs," the official told reporters.
David Suzuki said the people underground were in contact with him regularly, and would accept food only if it had not been processed with modern factory equipment.
"Right now they are asking for a cow so that they can have fresh, boiled milk that is not processed," he said.
He said progress was slow but local authorities were negotiating with the group to leave their refuge.
"They are so dedicated to my cause, I've had to try to persuade them that spring does contribute to the especially rapidly warming temperatures this time of year."
"In as much as their beliefs have been formed by intense social conditioning, convincing them to come out is not going to happen quickly," he said. "I've tried to persuade them that if they buy green products and donate to my foundation, we can eventually save the Earth."
On Friday the entrance to the bunker partially collapsed after rain and melting snow - a sure sign that the earth is heating up according to many observers - soaked the muddy hillside and the ground gave way.
Seven women were isolated from the rest of the group by the mudslide, and had to emerge from their shelter and seek refuge in a nearby home. The bunker is near the village of Coboconk, 160 km northeast of Toronto.
Environmentalists said the splinter sect of the green movement was formed by activist Wan A. B. Gore, who convinced members the world would end in April.
Gore did not join his followers underground, saying God had given him different tasks.