This International Women’s Day, I’ve spent time reflecting on the devastating impact COVID has had on the progress of women. Women have been the ones to care for and educate our children, look after our aging parents, and work remotely to meet job expectations that largely ignore these new burdens. For many, trying to shoulder all of that has meant stepping back from the workforce. It is from this lens that I renew my commitment to continue to forge change in our world.
I recently got into a conversation about the continued demand for fossil fuels. What we really should be talking about is the demand for energy and how meeting that demand will change over the next decade.
Watching the past four years culminate in the Trump-incited riot on Jan 6 in the United States, I am turning my gaze to Canada and Alberta. Leaders and members of federal and provincial conservative parties have not done enough to denounce hate and groups promoting hatred and conspiracy theories.
Returning to schools after the Christmas break and one week of at-home learning, the UCP government has put parents and teachers in an impossible position. As I prepare my kids to return to in-class learning tomorrow, I am genuinely worried.
I’m in favour of hearing all positions and policies. Listening to different ideas (perspective-taking instead of just giving) and understanding the nuance will lead to an evolution in thinking and better policies overall. Otherwise, it’s just more shouting at each other about why you think your idea is better.
As we close the door on 2020, I have much to be grateful for – especially our continued health and stability.
Our children must be raised to understand the world is more than just a white-centered, settler-positive, Judeo-Christian place. Our schools play a crucial role in that education.