We make decisions every day. What time we need to wake up for work/school, which route to take to best avoid traffic, etc. What is common about these decisions? They are largely individual choices you make for yourself.
Now what if you had to plan a family trip. Well you would discuss it as a family. "Where do we want to go? Where should we stay? Should we book that excursion or not?" If the kids want to go to Disney but Mom wants a spa treatment the same day, there would discussion and conversation to see how to make everything work in a comfortable way. The aim would be to have everyone enjoy the vacation and come back happy.
So it makes sense then that if we had to make a decision for a group of people, they should all be involved. Right?
Unfortunately there are environmental issues that are affecting communities and they aren't given much say in the matter. For example, Indigenous people have felt excluded from the conversation when it comes to the climate crisis. Despite their knowledge and their offering of this knowledge, exclusion still exists. But does that make sense? If the crisis affects their life, their land, their community, then they should get a voice and an inclusive platform to speak out.
I guess my vision for the future, therefore, is that everyone involved in a problem, or an issue, should get a say. Whether that's a local, regional or national issue. And maybe more importantly, let's also listen and come to a solution together. So that we are all happy with the decision we make as a collective.