"Do you remember what happened in Kitimat in April? Following in the footsteps of B.C.’s northern plebiscite, voters in the coastal community of Sooke voted 70 per cent to 30 against increased oil tanker traffic past their homes.
First-time Sooke mayoral candidate Maja Tait campaigned on a promise to ally with First Nations and neighbouring municipalities to press the issue with higher levels of government. She won with an impressive 66 per cent of the vote."
I got off my butt this time and voted for the first time ever in a Municipal Election. I was also one of the people they tried to contact before the election.
"18,190 British Columbians pledged to vote, we had more than 5,500 real live conversations and we know 6,490 of them actually made it to the polls."
I was one of those 6,490 people who voted against #increasedtankertraffic past my beautiful home in Sooke, BC, and yes, I do feel somewhat proud. I do not know what this means for the future, but I do know that my children are watching me as I attempt to protect what I feel is important for their future. After all, we go to the ocean often enough, throughout the year. We utilize the trails and beaches in and around our community, we seek out wildlife and enjoy the abundance of natural wonder that surrounds us right now. Why ever would we want to spoil that with an oily mess that literally takes years, decades even, to be what it never was in the first place.
By that I mean even after many, many years, an ecosystem has been proven to never be fully recovered or restored to what it was before the oil disaster struck. I have researched this subject, as well of that as renewable energy, and know that renewable energy sources are on the rise in usage, and that musty, old fossil fuels are rapidly declining. I do not fully comprehend why so many people seem to think that there is a future in old fossil fuel mining. Are they just trying to rape the planet for what they can before that source of income has become extinct like that from which it is sourced? Why not instead invest in something that is a sure thing for the future? After all, is that not what we all want? To be prepared for what lies ahead, and have a course of action already implemented for the future generations? For the very survival of our planet?
Just my thoughts on this bluntly divisive question that seems to be such a hot topic in my Province. But whether you are for or against such derogatory use of our resources, keep in mind that we all know that fossil fuels will not last forever, and we need to use the technology we create in inventive ways in which to enrich our use of our beloved planet. Even if we do get people to Mars, how many generations of people are really going to want to leave Earth for such an unknown adventure? And until we develop the technology to get them back, how many of us are going to be willing to give up life here on our home planet for the mysterious risk of something so foreign and far gone?
I hope you enjoy this read as much as my articles. They are my own "meandering thoughts," to quote a much loved song by Baz Luhrmann. I am off for the night. I did not get an article written today: tomorrow is a new beginning!
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