Radio Host: Good evening everyone andthanks for tuning in to Real Talk Time, the only podcast that dedicates itstime to real talk. I’m your host Avery Thomsen and today we will be talking aboutcivics. A branch of political science, the study of the duties andresponsibilities of citizens, that is civics. More specifically, today we willbe talking about how to make positive contributions to society as an engaged,informed, and global citizen within the next five years of your life. Butbefore we get into this discussion, let’s thank our sponsors of this podcast,which just happens to be Coca Cola, “The official soft drink of summer”.
Listento this. (Coca-Cola radio ad) Okay, now that we got that out of the waylet’s start this off and first talk about what an engaged, informed, and globalcitizen looks like. As a citizen of Canada there are manythings that you can do to become more involved with society. An engaged citizenis committed to social and political change within Canada and uses democraticmethods to try to bring about change when they feel it is necessary. Being anactive citizen can be as small as volunteering at your local charity, or as bigas campaigning for women’s rights. Whether big or small, you can help make animpact to further build a stronger and more inclusive Canada.
Being an informed citizen in Canada meansto become knowledgeable of how your government operates and is committed todemocratic values and decision-making. You should also be aware of issues relating directly and indirectly toCanada. In other words, know what’s going on inside and outside your country.
To be a global citizen means to believethat we are interconnected with nations and people around the world and thatones actions and concerns ultimately affect everyone. They accept everyone nomatter their race, religion, or ethnicity and strive towards an equal worldfree from major social issues such as poverty, racism, and domestic violencetowards women and children. Okay now let’s talk about how we can makepositive contributions in society within the next five years using what we havejust learned.
The last Canadian federal election was heldon October 19 2015. As we all know, Justin Trudeau was elected the 42ndPrime Minister of Canada on that day. We also know that as Canadians we areallowed the right to vote as long as you are a Canadian citizen and are atleast 18 years of age. As Canadians we should be grateful that we get the rightto vote, but why do so many of us still take it for granted. In the 2015federal election in Canada, only 70 percent of citizens voted. In the age groupof 18 to 24 year olds, only 67 percent of those people voted. In 2-3 yearstime, we all will be 18 and be allowed to vote. But according to thesestatistics, just over half of us will actually take the time and go out andvote in the 2019 federal election.
This is one of the simplest things that youcan do to become an active citizen and even doing as little as voting everyfour years can make a huge impact on what your future will hold. In Canada, rights come withresponsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to help others in yourcommunity. By donating to charities whether non-profit or a worldwide organization,you can help change the lives of the less fortunate. There are many differentcharities out there such as the Canadian Red Cross providing support forvulnerable people through the power of humanity, and Skylark providing supportfor youth struggling with mental illness. The Universal Declaration of HumanRights states in Article 25 that everyone has the right to food and shelter.But why are there 795 million people in the world that do not have enough foodto support a healthy life? Why are there still 100 million people without ahome? This is why we have charities, to support people and provide them withtheir basic human rights. When donating to charities, don’t think of why not todo it but realize what you really are giving them.
That 10-dollar bill that yougave them is a blanket, that 5-dollar bill is a can of soup, that handful ofchange is a handful of rice. You don’t need to be rich to donate. You don’tneed to be an adult to donate.
It’s the small donations that can make thebiggest differences. Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, these are allgreat social media platforms for posting pictures, videos, and what you justate for lunch. With over 3 billion social media users worldwide, we can usethese platforms to spread awareness of issues that need to be heard andaddressed. By taking advantage of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc, we caninform people about issues regarding Canada and help raise awareness to startmaking change. It all starts with you. It is our responsibility as Canadian citizensto eliminate discrimination and injustices within our nation. Canadian citizensshould be aware of issues and have there own say in how we can resolve them.
Whatbetter way is there to spread the word then by using social media to do so? The next five years of your lives arecrucial to get into a good habit of making positive contributions to society. Voting allows you to have a say in who willrun your country for the next four years, giving back to your community anddonating will provide people in need with