WOWW-The Dalai Lama and Historic BC Election pre-empts Watts of Wind on Wednesday
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously (no more)
Noam Chomsky (with Bruce – in brackets)
Wind charger – circa 1983
Watts of Wind on Wednesday is interrupted today, by historic news from British Columbia, Canada
On May 14th the climatologist, Nobel peace prize co-recipient, and green party deputy leader Andrew Weaver, was elected to the BC Legislative Assembly. This is a first in Canadian provincial politics.
“If you have a green party, I want to join”
. . . Dalai Lama
(click here for a u-tube link to bear witness – it starts slow, but his animated comment is at 2.22 )
In 2011, the well known American born lawyer and grassroots activist Elizabeth May, was the first Green to be elected to Canada’s parliament at the national level.
Andrew Weaver represents the Oak Bay area of Victoria.
Mt. Baker, in the USA, rises like a mirage in the background.
Weaver and May speaking with local constituents – (photo –Google images)
Andrew Weaver has been active locally with numerous community boards, as a soccer coach, and as a professor at the University of Victoria. He is best known as a lead author for parts of the scientific work done on the IPPC (International Panel on Climate Change.)
Dr. Weaver has also published two popular science books on climate change:
Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World
Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming.
Elizabeth May first ran in 1980 as a federal candidate for the “Small Party” when she was a 25 year old waitress in Nova Scotia. In 1986 Elizabeth became a senior policy advisor for the Ministry of Environment under the Progressive Conservative government. She was instrumental in negotiations of a US-Canadian agreement to address acid rain, and in the creation and international adoption of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, in 1989. These are two of many examples of her enormous heart and commitment.
(photo above – Google images)
The sunflower is the international symbol of the
Considering Canada and BC’s antiquated electoral system of first past the post and winner takes all, these are two phenomenal achievements for the Greens, for Canadians, and for humanity and the earth at large!
GO GREENS, GO!
Here are the overall British Columbia Election results:
Liberals – 50 MLA’s – 44.4% popular vote
NDP (social democrats) – 33 MLA’s – 39.5% popular vote
Greens – 1 MLA – 8% popular vote
Conservatives – 1 MLA – 4.8% popular vote
Independents – 1 MLA – 2.4% popular vote
Dr. Andrew Weaver – (photo source – Order of BC Awards)
“Let’s work together to ensure BC implements energy policy that manages the transition to a low carbon economy and guarantees . . . a prosperous future for generations to come.”
Sustainability – consider the welfare of our descendants, for at least seven generations
Social Justice and Social Responsibility – personal, local, national, and global
Post Patriarchal Consciousness
Grassroots Democracy – increased public participation
Nonviolence – a call to arms is always the very very last choice
Decentralization – of political and economic power, and energy production
Diversity – biological, cultural, sexual, and spiritual
Sexual and Gender Equality
Ecological Wisdom – “Whatever we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.”
Well – I’ve come out of the green blogosphere closet and I think I’m in good company.
It’s been three decades since the Green Party of BC was founded. I’ll leave the last word and notes, to the favoured Canadian poet and musician – Leonard Cohen . . .