Overshadowed by the upcoming US Presidential elections scheduled for November, no less importantly (in my opinion?) the Canadian Federal Elections are taking place October 14th, 2008.
There are so many issues when choosing a candidate, all the while knowing the platform is a malleable projection of what the voted-in representative may or may not adhere to, once gaining support. What's the point? At least this is the tactic many voters use to avoid participating in the election.
Certainly we humans (some argue politicians especially) are flawed creatures: emotional, attached to personal promotion, swayed by all manner of opinions and strong wills. Yet there is so much we all commonly share, shape and steward, wittingly or unwittingly, consciously or when giving away our power.
Of the myriad issues enfolded into the political platforms, I happen to really care about the environment. One needn't be the most news-savvy individual to know our entire planet is facing a crisis of over-population, over-pollution, over-use of resources, over-looking our responsibility to the natural balance of Earthly inhabitants. With just one week before Canadian Elections, our current PM's Stephen Harper's reputation as the country's sole leader with an irresponsible and disinterested stand on environment issues is just one reason to keep the Conservatives out of the ruling seats.
But how to do that with a crowded and divided political left? Enter Vote For the Environment, a site with "up-to-date riding by riding information on how to defeat Harper and his anti-environment policies." Thank you! To me this is rising above pettiness of control and power and humanity's history of divisive factions, and making a better choice for not only all of Canada, but the entire world.
So please! If you care - and I hope you do, enough to get out to a polling station next Tuesday... Vote for a cleaner future of fresh air, huge stands of forests, biodiversity, renewable energy, water we can drink and swim in, and more worthwhile jobs to be proud of in all these sectors.
My two cents...
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