...and on Facebook and Twitter I see them ever more frequently as important matters teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Unfortunately, these petitions are often end-stage. A lot happens before things get to that point.
It makes much sense to be actively
involved in the shaping of policy from the get-go. By that I mean
getting involved with candidates in their bid to become leaders and
making sure your priorities are considered and reflected in the policies they put
forward. All party leaders pay close attention to the policies of
leadership candidates. That in itself can lead to change.
Lately I've been inspired by a number of people in the arts who have
entered politics. Recently, Dick Cannings, a well-known and respected
author, biologist and birder, became the NDP candidate in the Penticton
constituency in BC. Many others I know are becoming more involved and
working behind the scenes.
For every candidate there is a team. Bernadette Wagner, a fellow writer
and feminist, is the one who pointed me to Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili, a family doctor in Saskatoon whose work and vision for a healthy society has great potential to bring forth meaningful
change for individuals, communities and the environment.
I got involved
and I'm having fun. Bye bye apathy.
Here's the letter of endorsement by Dr. C. Stuart Houston, a well-known
author, important figure in the medical and natural history circles of
Saskatchewan, and mentor to many; I've long admired the work he has done
and continues to do. He is beyond amazing.
For $10 you can get a membership and make a difference. It takes but a minute.
Being involved makes me feel far more hopeful and responsible. I will continue to sign
petitions, yes, but thinking ahead and creatively is what I do best.