Climate Change and the Environment are issues in this election like never before. All polling shows that Canadians across the spectrum recognize the urgency to take real action and change the way things have been done for so long. The reasons vary, from the concern for future generations to the dependency on a dying industry to the mass extinction of flora and fauna to the sheer cost on our way of life. The generational divide on this growing problem will continue to get more pronounced and political parties will stake out their positions based on their demographic support.
Despite the scientific and anecdotal evidence that has been amassing for decades, political will continues to be elusive. There is no issue more indicative of what political power actually listens to, and it's not the citizenry or the evidence. Elaborate conventions and documents with no binding provisions are presented as progress, with no tangible punishment for failing to honour them. Fossil fuel subsidies continue unabated despite the promise of eventual elimination. Substantive change in energy use and production have not happened.
So what are the positions of the major parties being sold in this election? The View Up Here will try to translate the platforms and hold them up to the light of reality. Is there a best option of what is likely? Will positions from the parties with no chance of forming government have any impact? Or are they well aware there will be no lasting impact of proposing to go somewhere that in this current reality is not nearly as simple as they claim?
Climate change is not going away. But apparently neither is politics.