Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weaver to run for B.C. Greens

Reading the tea leaves: "Climate scientist Andrew Weaver turns to B.C. Greens for political run." A provincial development but it may signify an undercurrent in Canadian politics. Weaver, renowned climate scientist, is running for the Greens and not the NDP in BC when it's looking like the NDP are shaping up to be the next government.
Victoria-born Mr. Weaver, a member of the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said in a statement on Thursday that he hoped his candidacy would build some momentum for the Greens.
“By running for the Green Party in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, I have decided to do something I never thought I would do. But with a rudderless provincial government and the potential for a landslide NDP victory in the upcoming election, I felt now was the time to get engaged to ensure that the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability continue to be raised and discussed in the legislative assembly.”
There are 3 independents in the BC legislature but no Greens.

News like this in the New York Times today and that we've been hearing about for months adds to the context: "Ending Its Summer Melt, Arctic Sea Ice Sets a New Low That Leads to Warnings."
Now, some scientists think the Arctic Ocean could be largely free of summer ice as soon as 2020. But governments have not responded to the change with any greater urgency about limiting greenhouse emissions. To the contrary, their main response has been to plan for exploitation of newly accessible minerals in the Arctic, including drilling for more oil.
Given the significant environmental issues affecting B.C., Northern Gateway, etc., we may see more of a movement to Green parties there and possibly elsewhere in the country as environmentalists become even more politically galvanized as a result of the federal Conservatives' anti-environmental stances.

This is one of the biggest issues of our time, to state the obvious, and there is a huge gap at the federal level waiting to be filled.