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My resolution for 2018 – Tanya Jones, Green Party NI Deputy Leader

Thursday December 21 2017

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to worry less. It’s not, I’m sorry to say, that I think there is less to worry about than in previous years. We face serious crises, locally, nationally and globally. Brexit approaches fast, and we have no effective say on our own future. Brutal cuts to our health, education and voluntary services and cruel benefit changes only mean greater suffering for our families and neighbours.

On both sides of the Atlantic we are seeing a rise in hate, a bullying rejection of people who are different. The very rich grab more and more for themselves, and little or nothing ever trickles down. And the fabric of our physical lives: the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil in which our food grows, all are reaching tipping points, damaged almost beyond recovery.

So why don’t I resolve to worry more? Because there isn’t time. Instead of agonising, I want to act, to work with others to bring about the changes we so desperately need. We all have a role to play, talents to use, in bringing about a safer, cleaner, fairer and more peaceful world. 2018 could be a turning point, but only if we make it one, transforming our cynicism into courage and co-operation. That seems worth a resolution.

Green Party deputy leader Tanya Jones