I have decided to let my name stand in this election to put climate
change and the environment on the table, an issue conspicuously absent,
from the three leading parties agenda.
Climate change is the number one issue around the world today. Not
a day goes by without news of natural catastrophic events, with more
to come. Most countries are implementing emissions and conservation
regulations, through international protocols, regional and local
initiatives to prevent or alleviate the social, economic, and environmental
turmoil caused by these events.
WHY AREN’T WE?
Saskatchewan continues to live in denial. The environment is largely
absent from the agenda of three of the four parties running in this
election. The problem is urgent and complex, perceived as political
suicide- as the kind of actions necessary will be strict and unpopular-
and requires leadership and courage not seen in these parts since
WHY IS CLIMATE NOT AN ISSUE,
When climate change affects the global economy- to which Saskatchewan
belongs- and the basic ability of the planet to sustain life? As
a producer of fossil fuels and uranium, we are morally bound to
abide by protocols to reduce adverse impacts of those products
on the atmosphere, even if those do not affect us directly or immediately,
GROWTH, PROSPERITY, but for how long?
We have abundant, and very desirable, water, natural, and human
resources. Examining and setting the moral, environmental and economic
standards that will be used to determine how our exploitation of
this potential proceeds is critical.
-Does the quality of life we enjoy now matter to us?
-Do we want to make our own decisions about our province?
-Do we want to contribute to global environmental problems or be
a model of responsible conservation and sustainability?
-Do we want business as usual: profit for a few, consequences for
-Do we want to exploit and waste our resources or manage them sustainably
for the benefit of all?
-Do we want to sell the cow or do we want to sell the milk?
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Demand environmental accountability.
Educate ourselves about those issues that affect us. Make changes
in our own practices.
Be part of the solution, participate in the political process.
Talk with our peers and our politicians about the environment, without
Demand transparency about decision making from our governing bodies.
We need to take action NOW to preserve what remains of an already
impoverished environment. Already there are unhealthy signs in this
province, unsustainable deforestation, destructive mining practices,
refugees from Alberta, looking for the quality of life and affordable
living that is lost there; unchecked urban sprawl, with infrastructure
unable to cope, and inflated real estate prices.
Let your politicians know that those issues matter to you!
Anita Rocamora, Candidate, Green Party of Saskatchewan firstname.lastname@example.org