Organizers claim this campaign is a stunt meant to raise awareness for the dangers of climate change.
By Shane Trejo
Sep 3, 2019
Liberal environmentalists in Canada have launched a campaign to change the voting age to eight, in an effort to fight the ravages of climate change to protect the children.
The #18to8 campaign is asking Canada to lower the voting age to make sure that climate change is on top of the ballot.
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The campaign, 18 to 8, uses children as props as they hold professionally-made signs in their promotional video featuring slogans like “Fossil Fuels Are For Dinosaurs,” “Don’t Make Us Turn This Planet Around,” and “Respect Your Youngers.”
“We are a group of Canadian kids who want to tackle climate change in the voting booth. We are the future of this planet and we’re not going to just sit back and watch as it gets destroyed,” the official website reads.
It continues: “While grown-ups are worried about grown-up things like gas prices and political popularity contests, we’re passionate about protecting the natural world – our home – and we’re willing to prioritize a livable climate over all other issues. In the federal election this October 21st, for the love of the planet, let us vote.”
The campaign is advertised in tongue-in-cheek fashion, as organizers claim they use the shocking idea of eight-year-old voting as a way to draw attention to pressing environmental issues.
“Okay, we’re not actually lobbying to give eight-year-olds the vote, but there are some things you can do right now to help us. If you’re not a kid, vote like one,” the website explains.
While they may make a joke out of the concepts, there have been serious proposals to lower the voting age significantly in recent years, as the Left becomes increasingly desperate to maintain their grasp on power.
“Voting when you’re 16 is voting at a time when most Canadians at that age are still in school, at a place that we can actually get to them and engage them,” said Stéphane Perrault, acting chief electoral officer, in 2018.