Saturday April 9, 2011

Voices 

Elections and the Environment

Our much-loved resident witch lauds Jamie Hoskins as the sensible choice

Submitted by Sorcha Kincaid, Wiccan High Priestess

 

t seems to me that every time there is an election (which is pretty frequent here in Canada) there is a plethora of talk. Various political figureheads use words like Healthcare, Pensions, Tax Cuts, and Education to lure us into believing they have the power to keep the promises they make if only we put an 'X' beside their name on ballot day. But the things they are talking about are almost entirely social issues, which is not to say that aren't important, just rather narrow in view.

Perhaps it's just me - and a significant portion of the population, but I see something that is

getting put on the side lines or left out entirely that's about the most important issue out there. Our planet is very quickly (on ecological terms) loosing it's ability to sustain us.

It's young environmental political figures like Jamie Hoskins, who give me a glimmer of hope for our future as he seems to understand one very important factor. If we have no breathable air, potable water, or cultivatable soil to grow crops then the rest of the 'major issues' are really not that vital.

Seriously, if you are struggling to breath, dying from Malignant Melanoma because we have no Ozone Layer, or just wasting away from regular old malnutrition you aren't going to care too much about a balanced budget. I'm not saying we are that bad in the beautiful Fraser Valley (of course not, look around!) but how far over the horizon are these issues unless we do something about them now. We all know to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, but is that enough?

I know this is likely a tedious read for a few of you but look at it this way. Our kids expect that we are responsible enough to leave a planet for them that isn't in the midst of death throes. They look up to us, trust us, and idolize us, from us they will learn their values and morals. I don't know about you but I will do everything I can not to let them down. Our planet is too precious and so are they.

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