Looking for hope in the election

No matter which party gets elected, we can’t expect change to happen quickly

After more than two decades fighting for environmental issues, Tzeporah Berman said she still has hope.

“I feel like I am so lucky to get up every day and work on the issues that keep me up at night,” said Berman in an interview with the Western News.

That kind of hope for positive change seems to be something that is missing from the political scene these days. It’s partly due to the antics of the current U.S. president and his attempts to turn the clock back on not only environmental progress, but humanity in general.

But it’s also true closer to home. The major parties — the B.C. NDP and Liberals — aren’t offering much different than they have for years. That means precious little progress on the environmental front or any of the real issues facing society today, like concentration of wealth and power in the elite.

The Green Party does address environmental issues, but even they aren’t offering much new — and it’s hard to even hope they could make any progress against the NDP and Liberal juggernauts in any case.

We live in a rapidly changing world. The pace of technological growth is faster than ever before — it seems like there is a new technological disruptor developed every second day. Companies like Uber, AirBNB and many others are changing the face of society, not to mention the continued growth of social media changing the way we communicate for good and bad.

Despite the efforts and hopes of some, there is no chance of turning back the clock. And the old days weren’t actually so great; are you willing to spend an hour or so churning cream in to butter?

It’s a rapidly changing world. It’s time for our politics to catch up.