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Letter: Environment is everything

To The Editor:

I attended the climate change forum last night at the United Church and left the gathering with the same sense of concern and urgency that I arrived with. Despite the alarms being set off by young activists like Greta Thunberg and Autumn Peltier, I still do not see a willingness to take bold and decisive action nor an ability to see the tremendous opportunities that a move to renewable energy will create. 

It’s not just young activists that are sending us dire warnings, it’s also the planet and nature who are showing us the consequences of doing nothing more than we are currently doing.

I was proud to be a Liberal candidate in the last election and had sincere hopes that Justin Trudeau would be that new leader who would move quickly and decisively on electoral reform and climate change.  The first simply disappeared and the second has moved much too slowly and has been pretty difficult to comprehend.  I’m still struggling to understand how buying a pipeline is consistent with declaring a climate emergency.   

But, I don’t want to repeat the talking points and party platforms that were discussed last night.  I want to do something.

I will be voting for Abra Byrne and the Green Party on October 21st.  My preferred result for the election would be a minority government (which is highly likely) with a strong Green Party representation (also likely) to force action on climate change.  We could end up with an opportunity to see the strength of proportional representation with parties having to work together, and quick, meaningful action on climate change.  

Electing Abra would place the Kootenay Columbia riding in the forefront of voting strategically to join the massive global movement now underway to get serious about climate change.  The environment is everything, especially in a place like the Kootenays.

Don Johnston, Nelson, BC.