As a fellow traveller on this planet called Earth, what are your concerns?
Do you worry about climate change, jobs, pollution, affordable health care and education, dignity and equality for all people (all races, genders and abilities), justice for Indigenous people, ongoing rapid extinction of many species, and resource depletion? Do these concerns seem insurmountable? What can be done?
I attended a rally in Toronto on June 20 where these issues and many more were discussed. The gathering was under the auspices of a grassroots organization called A Green New Deal For All. Among the presenters were well-known environmentalists David Suzuki, Naomi Klein, and Pam Palmater. Best known to me was Suzuki, who at age 83 is still actively fighting to save our beloved planet. His passionate speech explained how, by making the right choices, we could make changes that would benefit us all.
Presently our governments are not true democracies. Big money and rich corporations too often call the shots. Added to this injustice, the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes. If they did, so many of our society’s and the Earth’s needs could be looked after.
Many programs could be financed to the benefit of us all and cuts to education and health care would be eliminated. Funds for developing clean energy would become available, creating many jobs and eliminating the need for fossil fuels.
Learn more about A Green New Deal at theleap.org.
Arm yourself with knowledge when preparing to vote in the fall elections. Choose strong candidates that stand up for green policies that will benefit us all, not those who support greedy corporations that have profits as their bottom line.