We’re at a crossroads in history. Our parents and grandparents experienced something similar in the World Wars that defined the 20th century. Our earth’s not-so-slow-moving climate crisis requires that we all bring our A-game to ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a healthy and viable world, one that we have too long taken for granted.
This means fast tracking our shift from a dependence on fossil fuel energy to proven and ever cheaper technologies: wind and solar, geothermal, biomass, more efficient battery storage – all connected by a strong and stable cross-Canada power grid.
It means making sure that the cost of production accurately reflects the true cost of what we put into our shared atmosphere, that thin skin of gases that envelopes our earth and makes it possible for us to exist.
We can do this – each one of us. But the time is long past for debating whether it’s occurring or whether the consequences will come to pass in 20, 50 or 100 years. Our shared responsibility to conserve the amazing gift entrusted to us requires us to act decisively.
Our political system encourages notoriously short-sighted planning. The Green Party is the only party to explicitly state that its policies and platform will take into consideration the “triple bottom lines” of economic, ecological, and social effects, not only for the current generation but for seven subsequent generations.