The campaign is on and already I’ve heard a news story about engaging youth in the election and getting them to vote. As always one of the aforementioned youth told the reporter that the politicians need to talk to them and address their issues.
This is the general loop we go through – we’re told that youth don’t vote because politicians don’t focus on the issues that are important to them and that politicians don’t focus on the issues important to youth because youth don’t vote.
But here’s what we should really be teaching our young people: Every single decision made by a the next government will affect your life.
It might not affect the life you’re living right now, but it will eventually affect you, and that’s something you should not be ignoring.
People are doing you a disservice by acting like it’s somehow okay that you don’t vote now. Chances are if you don’t realize the importance of voting at a young age you’re unlikely to pay attention and realize how important voting is as you get older.
And that will affect every part of your life – we’re talking the environment you live in, the education you get, you’re health care, your retirement (which may seem like a long way off, but it might take you that long to pay off your student debt), you career path…
Everything in your life is being determined by the governments we choose. And it’s not okay to just not care. It matters.
If you’re not informed and asking questions you lose out. It’s not about them talking to you and giving you things. It’s about you helping to shape what this country becomes, no matter what the campaign looks like for “your” issues