Insinuating young people political pawns not helping

Youth who get involved in climate activism are holding themselves accountable first and foremost

Insinuating young people political pawns not helping

I am responding to Murray Cantelon’s recent letter to the editor (Nov. 8, 2019).

Suggesting that youth are using the climate activism movement for “demonizing adults,” and insinuating that young people are merely political pawns, unable to make educated and rational decisions themselves, is detrimental to cultivating a culture that supports youth to become contributing members of society.

Youth who get involved in climate activism are holding themselves accountable first and foremost when it comes to creating systemic change towards a circular economy and regenerative culture. Both of these concepts can have long term positive economic, social and environmental impacts on our society. We as young people are challenging society to look back on itself — not looking to place blame but asking society as a whole to reflect on the consequences of past actions and begin to collaborate inter-generationally to move forward together in a better way, for a better tomorrow.

An example of this inter-generational collaboration is taking place Friday, Nov. 29 from 1-6 p.m. at Duncan United Church. The Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians Crew, a group of youth leaders and change makers cooperating collectively for climate justice, are hosting Youth get Charged UP!, a festival of youth engagement opportunities. The purpose of this event is to encourage youth to get involved with local organizations that cater to young people and support opportunities for involvement in social and environmental causes. The event includes performances by youth singers, poets and musicians, a silent auction, face painting, clothing swap and much more. The Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians crew will be welcoming everyone to this event — parents, grandparents, youth, teachers. We would also like to extend the hand of friendship to our naysayers and invite them to come meet us in person, have a conversation with us and give us a fair chance before criticizing or passing judgement.

Making assumptions or rude comments about young people who you don’t know personally isn’t giving us a chance, and undermines our sincere intentions and our goal of intergenerational collaboration for a regenerative future. As the poet Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” This is the place that we look forward to meeting everyone on Nov. 29.

Katia Bannister,

Co-leader of Earth Guardians Cowichan Valley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Editorial: Preventing wildfires more vital than ever in 2020

We are truly our own worst enemies on this file.

Wildfire north of Cowichan Lake now largely under control

Crews have been on the scene since Friday

Maple Bay man rushed to hospital after being trapped under car

BC Ambulance and Maple Bay Fire Department attend scene on Wednesday morning

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

B.C. Appeal Court prevents Victoria woman from using the term ‘death midwife’ in her job

Pashta MaryMoon claimed she had been providing “death-care services” for more than 40 years

‘We all have anxieties’: B.C.’s top doctor addresses return-to-school fears amid COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry promises school restart plan safe for B.C. kids

B.C. fish harvesters receive long-awaited details on pandemic benefits

Applications to the $470-million federal assistance programs will open Aug. 24

Abbotsford mom worried about her two kids in Beirut following explosion

Shelley Beyak’s children were abducted by their dad in 2018

Most Read