On February 3rd, a group of students from local high schools came to my MLA constituency office as part of the “Defend Our Future” day of action across the province. Their goal is to urge the provincial government to live up to its commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 2020. These youth want the decision makers of today to position us for the clean energy economy of tomorrow.
It was inspirational to have our young citizens lead me and my staff in a dialogue on issues of great importance to all of us. One of the organizing students told us “at 17, I may not be old enough to vote, but I still feel it is of paramount importance to convey my dissatisfaction with our government’s blatant disregard for these legally binding targets. Policy decisions made today will undoubtedly have an effect on my life; both in the short and the long-term and with this at the forefront of my mind, I stand in defense of my future”.
I get inspired and a great sense of hope when young people are so passionate about the importance of thinking about the long term consequences of our actions. It was so encouraging to hear them articulate their vision of the future they want – a sustainable future for all.
Thank you to all the students who came to my office.
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