The second way has been using my position as leader and founder of D.O.A. (Vancouver’s unofficial “protest band”) to motivate our citizens. I knew we could do something that would make sense in metro Vancouver, so I have organized the Punk the Vote Festival, which will take place Saturday September 21, one month before the election. What I mean by “Punk the Vote” is let’s take on the system, which is the essence of what punk has been about all along: Question Authority and Think for Yourself.
I’ve made this concert a non-partisan event with the intent being to get people to think about and help the Earth and future generations. Through this action I’m urging you to strategically vote for a local candidate that will actually try to fight climate change.
Equally important is to let young people know that they are important and that they have a lot of power in their hands to decide what our future will be. So it’s also up to the politicians to communicate that they care about the environment and affordable housing, and if they are genuine about this, more young people will vote, which can only be a good thing for our future.