CHANGE -The Dalai Lama and Canada’s Body Politic pre-empts Watts of Wind on Wednesday
“Some people see things as they are and ask why? I dream thing that never were and say why not?”
George Bernard Shaw, as paraphrased by Robert F. Kennedy
This post is in deep anticipation of Canada’s upcoming federal election to be held October 19th, 2015.
Our current Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has promoted continual expansion of the Alberta’s Tarsands and oil & gas pipelines. If further developed they will be a major contributor to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and hence world wide political and ecological instability. There are many sustainable ways to obtain and use energy with more jobs created per capita than the traditional and archaic energy sectors – for a few examples, click SOLAR here, or in the right sidebar category cloud.
The Green Party currently has three Members of Parliament, and are hoping to increase this to a dozen, to potentially hold the balance of power in a new Canadian minority parliament.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously (no more)
Noam Chomsky (with Bruce – in brackets)
Wind charger – circa 1983
Watts of Wind on Wednesday is interrupted by historic news from Canada
On May 14th,2013 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 entitled Dalai Lama supports Greens – it starts slow, but his animated comment is at 2.22 )
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.
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.
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. She is currently a Canadian Member of Parliament and the leader of the Green Party of Canada.
(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!
Dr. Andrew Weaver – (photo source – Order of BC Awards)
“Let’s work together to ensure… 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.”
For more on a sustainable and peaceful earth, and green energy, see WOWW – Watts of Wind on Wednesday
~ Cheers ~
With updates, this was originally posted in May 2013.