As a teen that cannot particularly relate to many political narratives and understand politics as a whole, I feel as though I’ve learned a great deal these two weeks. A month ago, I didn’t understand the difference between left and right wing government or what the description of a minority and majority government was. These couple of class discussions have allowed me to view and comprehend politics in smaller categories as opposed to the large umbrella of topics that the word “politics” essentially covers. What I quickly learned throughout these two weeks, is the fact that all political parties seem to have an age or specified targeted group. Whether it be middle class families to seniors, all issues relate back to these targeted sets; however, I haven’t come across teenagers being a major topic on any political sites or campaigns. I understand this may be as teenagers aren’t a very important issue in terms of the economy and all narratives that each party is trying to address.
I think this is why I find it difficult to choose a party that I totally agree on. One, because I don’t have many issues I feel need to be directly attended to and two because I don’t feel as though any party has directly impacted me; therefore, I find it challenging to relate to any political narrative. I’ve come to the conclusion that I feel no impact because I haven’t been given the chance to be completely independent yet. Furthermore, as I slowly move out into the real world, I can assume that certain political narratives we studied this week will influence me greatly.
This being said, as I had the time to visit the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, and Green party sites, I was able to gather information I found resourceful in deciding a convincing political narrative. While examining the narratives that each political party presented, it occurred to me that although I care about the economy, I honestly don’t know enough about how the economy functions to be able to point out which specific aspect of the economy I feel needs to be improved. Therefore, I find the environmental narrative the most compelling.
The environmental issue stuck out to me immediately because I feel as though it’s a narrative that I can actually fairly control. If I feel the need to help with the environment, I can actually contribute to sustaining a healthy environment by volunteering at events or doing something as simple as taking the bus or walking. Moreover, the fact that this issue ties into science interests me significantly. In science this year, we were able to learn about the carbon cycle and other environmental factors that harm our communities, which directly connects with the environmental narrative. Knowing the basics of what could possible occur to our Earth if we don’t start and fix careless resource use, this has me scared for the generations after ours. It’s important to start focusing on these environmental issues immediately before there’s no going back to change it.
After all the research I’ve done in these past two weeks, I’ve concluded that I don’t totally agree with any party in particular. I’m slightly leaning towards the Liberal party; however, it may be due to the fact that I actually researched into this party the most. The problem is, each and every party has addressed resource use and the greenhouse gas effect through speeches, debates, campaigns, and on their websites, but I don’t feel that any party would actually go through with what was promised. The green party would be the most reliable to step up on these environmental issues, although I’ve always felt that the green party may not be as experienced in knowing what needs to be done. The conservatives barely mention the environment on their website, while the NDP briefly state the need to take action on climate change. The Liberal party has a good layout of what needs to be done and where they stand on every issue. It’s whether or not the Liberal party actually goes through with what is promised that is truly interesting to me. Overall, each party tries to feed the public what we want to hear; therefore, it’s hard to know what party would actually go through with their initial plan.