Politics. Such a polarizing topic and one we learn to stay away from. Yet, when it comes to climate change, environmental protection, equity and social progress, it is a mandatory aspect to consider. We need bold policies to encourage change, democracy to ensure that all voices are heard, and engaged citizens who understand that their voices can make a difference and change possible, through voting.
I did not always think that myself and was a lazy voter in my youth, but I get it now. I understand the importance of voting and I am thankful to have recently become a Canadian citizen to be able to vote and participate in the democratic process of this Country.
This month, elections have been a front page topic and done the following:
- given a country and the World some hope with the election of a new President in Brazil, having pledged to protect one of the most important safeguard against climate change: the Amazon Rainforest. A recent study shows that 26% of its surface is already at a tipping point, implying widespread impacts on climate change;
- Demonstrated that passing climate legislations does not mean anymore losing the next election, especially with more youth voters, as confirmed the US midterms elections;
- Put environmental protection at the centre of the local municipal elections and validated women taking leadership roles in the community across the County with almost double of them being elected compared to 2018;
Unfortunately, democracy is not perfect and sometimes our elected politicians do not get it right. In this case, social dialogue is a key tool to have our voices heard as shown in Ontario this month.
Politics are a tough topic, not easy to discuss and we cannot all agree on everything but in the age of climate crisis and ecological collapse, there are some things we cannot let happen. As long as we make our voice heard respectfully and lawfully, we should do our best to counter non-sensical decisions precipitating the decline of biodiversity and accelerating climate change.