I’m running in 2014, first and foremost, because I recognize the pivotal position played by governments in producing the ‘general welfare’ we all enjoy today. In 2014, that ‘general welfare’ is under many ominous threats.
Since 2013 I have travelled the Sunshine Coast many times attending political events, and canvassing public opinion in the street.
I’ve had an amazing chance to get to know what the public is thinking. A few key responses are repeated again and again, which tell a compelling story unfolding across BC, Canada, and in every little town along the way.
I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned, and what people are saying when we discuss the current state of our political system.
Politics?! You must be crazy!
Without a doubt, the single most common opinion regarding our politics in the streets is a general feeling of mistrust bordering on open hostility.
I’ve heard this enough times along the road, it’s made me wonder why people have grown such an honest disdain for their elected officials. It is real, and it must be asked, how did we get here?
After all, we DO need our politics to work for us.
Imagining a world without politics is like imagining a world without law, but additionally, remove roads, schools, public sanitation, courts, hospitals, human rights and policing, and you will start to get a picture of the vast importance ‘good government’ is to our daily lives.
General disdain towards politics, I contend, is a symptom of the world having rapidly changed, while politics, more or less, remained the same.
People want more from their elected officials, but they aren’t getting it. What do they want?
General concern for the state of the planet
The short answer is better management of our natural capital.
Whether you believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change or not, ecological systems everywhere on the globe, from pole-to-pole, are showing signs of stress and decline.
On a person to person basis, this one perception reaches near unanimity among today’s population. It is the source of real anxiety among all generations, and will continue to grow in importance over time.
When I have canvassed the public, I commonly hear among older residents the sentiment “I’m glad I won’t have to see the world in 30 years”. The feeling is that our future has already been lost. In a sense, it’s a capitulation to the challenges we collectively face in Canada, BC, Sechelt, and planet earth.
For the ‘millenial generation’ (~aged 21-36), many of us currently raising young children, we’re not able to make excuses about what our world might be, or why.
We don’t have the simple choice of waving the ‘white flag’ and making it someone else’s problem. We need a livable future.
It has now been left up to the ‘millenials’ to discover what a sustainable future will look like, and implement it with urgency.
We need young people to get engaged in politics
The truth today is, our current ‘millenial generation’, though large in numbers, are not yet politically engaged. We don’t vote, we don’t join parties or donate, and we certainly don’t run for office. But that is all about to change…
The onset of the ‘climate crisis’ has spurred to action a network of emerging leaders across the globe who are young, politically savvy, educated and Green. As a society, we’re on the verge, not only of the involvement of the ‘millenials’, but the era in which ‘millenials’ drive the debate towards dealing with our climate crisis.
We are the ‘U-turn’ generation.
We’re here and we are seeking to learn the business of government.
By voting for us at the ballots, and supporting us in the streets, you are giving us a chance to produce the types of changes necessary in the next 30 years.
Is there are a bright side of the road?
In spite of the many challenges ahead, I’m very hopeful that we’ll find the solutions we need to sort this all out.
Right now we’re all caught in ‘no man’s land’: and that’s not where we want to stay for long. We need to advance to a new position that is tenable, and in a basic sense sustainable.
We’re going to have to work together, stop the political infighting, and empower the ‘millenials’ to find their way forward.
Relying on the same old tricks will not get it done.
On November 15th I’m ready to begin to discover and walk this path forward with you.