Much has been said about who is to blame for the predicament of the existential threat of climate change which looms large for all of humanity right now.
Some say each individual is responsible as a consumer to make more ecological choices.
Others say the harm caused, and continuing to be caused, is the fault of big corporate polluters.
And there is truth to both assertions.
However, like anything, there is more nuance involved here.
To solve the climate crisis, we’re going to have to work together in a mass mobilization that involves individual citizens, big corporations, and most especially (this is the big one) governments doing the right thing.
Remember, people in most places in the world can hardly afford to put food on the table, let alone support organic farms, buy an electric vehicle, or put solar panels on their roofs. Until there’s equity in housing, healthcare, food security, and education for all under-resourced communities – a huge part of the world population will not be able to join this critical mobilization.
But our local and national governments have the potential to:
- Make laws and policies to protect mother nature
- Create equity for the underserved
- Regulate and hold big corporations accountable
- Help make it easier for citizens to engage in sustainable practices in their communities
For this reason, if you’re looking for a way to help reverse climate change and have a shot at human survival 60 years from now, the best thing you can do is VOTE.
And don’t just vote – bring your friends, family, neighbors, and total strangers with you to the polls!
Vote for candidates who have a clear agenda to fight for social equity and environmental justice.
Here’s how you can start getting involved locally and nationally (in the USA) to help get out the vote:
If you haven’t already, verify your voter registration status
Go to iwillvote.com to verify or register. Then make a plan to vote by mail or safely in person. Pass this link on to everyone you know to do the same, and invite them to share with their people!
Visit Vote Save America and get involved
Vote Save America gives you all the tools you need to learn what’s at stake in the upcoming races, understand your state’s elections, get involved in your local elections, and more.
Join Vote Forward and write letters to voters
Writing letters to voters is one of the most effective ways to help increase election turnout. And you can do it right from home! Vote Forward is an organization that makes it super easy to print out letters to voters where you can add a sentence or two about why voting is important to you and then pop them in the mail to voters. Each letter takes about 90 seconds to complete.
Donate to and/or join a phone banking team for tight Senate races
Start by visiting these websites to learn more about candidates who can make a big difference:
- Malcolm Kenyatta, PA
- Reverend Raphael Warnock, GA
- Catherine Cortez Masto, NV
- Mandela Barnes, WI
- Mark Kelly, AZ
- Maggie Hassan, NH
- Tim Ryan, OH
- Val Demmings, FL
- Michael Bennet, CO
- Charles Booker, KY
- Cherri Beasley, NC
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