The Voice of the Greens in Burnaby-New Westminster

This blog is meant to keep you up-to-date on Scott's Green Party campaign in the 2006 Canadian election in Burnaby-New Westminster. We want to start a dialog with the voters so that your voice can be heard.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

3 days 'til election – Sustainability and Respect for Diversity

I have to apologize to all the blog readers for my lack of posts in the last week. My wife and I have been moving to our new home down the street and I haven't had as much computer time as I would have liked.

I also have to thank all of the volunteers involved in this campaign for putting up signs, handing out flyers, writing blogs, managing e-mail accounts and especially for educating their friends, family and strangers on the good ideas coming from the Green party.

Now that I am in thank you mode, I am extremely appreciative to all the citizens in the riding who are involved in the political process this election. I have talked to people who are raising awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, the discrimination and violence of NATO in the Middle East and the issues of poverty in this riding. What impresses me is the number of people who are passionate and willing to work to change these situations even though it may not result in an immediate or future personal gain. This type of selfless thinking is really what is going to make this world a better place to live in for all future generations.


To continue on with the posts I've done in the past regarding the Green Party's principles, today I'm going to talk about what values of sustainability and Respect for Diversity mean to me.


SUSTAINABILITY


As Matthew pointed out in his last blog on peak oil, resources in this planet are limited and we all must recognize these limits and live within them if we want to sustain human life of this planet. I really have no words to express my perplexity towards the other parties that are completely ignoring or paying minor lip service to the issue of sustaining our natural resources on this planet.

The Green Party is often construed as an environmental awareness group with no concern for humanity or the economy and we couldn't be more misrepresented in this stereotype. My common sense concern for our environments is only because I want to see humanity continue on earth for at least the next 200 years and I would like to have a stable and sustainable economy in place for those generations that will follow us. Mother Nature, oceans, rivers, mountains and plains will all survive quite well even if humanity destroys itself.

The idea of preserving a strong foundation of natural resources for future generations is an idea that can be used in many other aspects of our society. We can ensure that we have strong families in all of our communities who can work together to make sure that no one in their community is marginalized or forgotten. Local and provincial governments can be empowered to address problems as they occur and where they occur. Concentrated power leads to corruption and is unsustainable, so we should spread the power and responsibility as much as possible in order to reduce corruption.

Right now, we can only plant the seeds of sustainability and make sure that they fall in fertile soil if we ever want our ideas to come to fruition. Let's work on the foundations of strong families and small government and see what happens.


RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY


We have to recognize as a society that everyone and everything has a reason and purpose for being. People with various views and cultural backgrounds bring unique and inovation solutions to problems that may never be thought of if all of humanity was homogenous. The same can be said for nature, and variety of species and elements. I recently read "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and this is one of the most important learnings I took from the book. For if Alchemists were to change all of the metals of the world to gold, gold would lose it's value and we would all wish for iron or lead. Everything has it's place.

As Canadians, we have to work hard against the law of entropy whether it means the transformation of our culture and media into just a glob of Americana, or our great lakes into globs of sludge. We have to sustain the diversity we already have and encourage more diversity in the future, because when humanity faces the diverse problems of the future, we better have an arsenal of diverse ideas ready or we will perish.




Ok, if you actually got through all of that then you deserve another little restaurant hint, and this one is a very closely gaurded secret that I have so listen carefully: ASA Sushi beside 7-11 on Royal Oak and Rumble. Best sushi/price I've found in Burnaby and I challenge all readers to find a better place.

Cheers,
SJ

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