It’s the last week of this month’s JAKWellness12 challenge focusing on our planet and the environment. I’ve really loved these posts particularly because they seem to have resonated with so many of you, and that made me so happy and excited. At the end of the day, this really should be a non-partisan issue. We only have one planet, and we can no longer ignore the reality of how we are contributing to climate change. While there are many things we can do on a personal and community level, at the end of the day the biggest polluters and contributors to environmental destruction are big corporations. While some have taken steps of their own to reduce their environmental impact, many have not and will not unless they are forced to do so. And that is why your vote matters. The people we elect are the ones who dictate policy on environmental protections (or lack thereof). It is incredibly important to be educated about where candidates stand on important environmental issues and also what their records show. What a politician says and does are two very different things. I’ve pulled together some helpful resources you can use before you cast your vote. Voting in local elections and particularly mid-terms are incredibly important and turnout is historically low. Not sure if you’re registered? You can do it quickly and easily right here. Your vote matters!
Make Your Vote Count
Here are a list of organizations and resources to help keep you informed about important environmental issues and political candidates.
- The NRDC Action Fund builds political support in the US for people advocating for clean air and water, public health, biodiversity and a stable climate. Their endorsements section is helpful for learning more about candidates.
- ProPublica Represent is a solid resource to see what your reps in Congress actually say AND do. They track votes so you can see exactly how a candidate has voted on issues.
- Ballotpedia is really helpful for educating yourself on ballot measures before you get to the voting booth.
- OpenSecrets.org is a non-profit that tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
- Patagonia has a lot of great resources to help connect you with information to vote for the environment
- The League of Conservation Voters is a non-profit that advocates for laws and policies to protect the environment, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and supports pro-environment candidates who will champion important issues.