Today is election day. It’s also a day that I managed to finish a course about climate change leadership, but other than that it’s a fairly unremarkable day.

I promised myself I wouldn’t get emotionally invested in the outcome of the election. It was a task that proved to be easier said than done with politics dominating my social media over the last 50 days. If I use my personal network as an example, I would be encouraged at the amount of people who have done their research and decided to use their voices. Young people tend to be more likely to not use vote so I think this election is a small victory in that sense. It has enthralled and engaged people from many demographics.

The reason I am writing this post before the results are announced, is because I want to be able to have a snapshot of me feeling full of hope. I feel hopeful that the country is going to choose a path of love and acceptance; A future where the least fortunate are propped up and supported rather than ignored; A place where the Earth and it’s resources are treated with respect and gratitude.

As I touched on in my last post, I don’t think most people are evil. I understand that everyone has a different idea of how to go about things and my little bubble does not represent the views of the entire nation. If I can’t accept that people don’t have to share my point of view, then I am never going to be able to achieve what I would like to. I have to remember that the outcome doesn’t change how things are at the moment, but it’s an indication of where we are and how far we have yet to go.

This election result may feel more important to me than usual, but regardless of the outcome, a lot of good has happened and the fight is not over. Voting in a bunch of people doesn’t guarantee us anything. We can’t sit back and expect things to just magically improve overnight.

If there is an issue in the election that has particularly struck you or ignited something in you, then I encourage you to nurture that feeling. Find out what groups you could get involved with and connect with some other people who feel the way you do.

It may not seem that you as one person can make a difference, but there is always power in numbers. You also get the opportunity to vote every time you leave the house with your wallet. Do your research and find out what your every day purchases are really supporting. This is an area I hope to be able to provide more information and help with in the coming months.

In the last section of my course, one of the lecturers Brian Palmer, said this quote which really struck me:

“For me, it is people […] who are willing to leave privilege and safety to continue with something that they feel is more important than anything else in the world. It is people like this who remind me in our world of violence and indifference to other people’s suffering that it is still possible for our human species to shine so magnificently.”

My promise to myself is to look out for opportunities to support other people who need it and take part in actions that benefit the Earth that we enjoy and rely on.

The World is going to change dramatically in the next couple of decades. We need to decide what matters to us now. Is it the Earth and it’s people? Or is it our way of life and personal comfort. I need to remember that if I can even think about that as a choice then I am in a position of privelege.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.

Peace and love badasses