Environmental Policy & Voting
It’s time to talk politics, friends. Politics, laws, and the government & administration impact the environment in a major way, which means YOU CAN VOTE to make sure elected officials are protecting the environment. Voting for candidates who support PROGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY is how we will continue to be the change we want to see in the world.
Mid-term elections are upon us, and the UN has recently released some startling facts about how close we are to completely corrupting our planet beyond supporting us. My goal with Old World New has always been to support you on your individual journey of making changes to become more sustainable in your personal life. I used to be the person to say, oh, I’m not “into politics.” Thinking of politics made me feel helpless, especially after the results of the 2016 presidential election. What happened? My 2008 and 2012 votes seemed to matter! I was so empowered at that time. Progressive change was happening across so many different problematic areas in our nation.
But, alas, the pendulum swung in a different direction in 2016. That happens, it’s all part of the democracy. It’s not the end, though. On the positive side, we know that it will have to swing back in the opposite direction. Please, get out to your polling stations and vote early or vote on the big day – November 6, 2018. Here are a few ways to help you be a better environmental voter:
How To Become An Environmental Voter
- LEARN more about environmental policies. Become more INFORMED.
- Learn what candidates in your precinct/city/state are FOR or AGAINST progressive environmental policy. Which candidates are supported by and take money from organizations that are want less environmental regulations or against? Find them, and call them out!
- DONATE to candidates and organizations that are for progressive environmental policies, and that educate people are.
- TELL A FRIEND! Share this information, it’s too good to keep to yourself. It’s great when you share on Facebook, Instagram, and on other social media platforms, but also have face-to-face conversations about it with them.
- VOTE! Take your friends, family, elders, neighborhood granny, friends on campus, your roommates, etc. to vote! Ultimately, voting is what will make the biggest difference. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
So, what’s next? To become even more informed, you need to know about current news. Sign up for emails, read the latest stories, and learn ways to get involved through the resources listed below.
- Environmental Voter
- National Resources Defense Fund
- Climate Nexus
- Moms Clean Air Force
- Center for Progressive Reform
- NextGen America
Thank you to my fellow bloggers who helped me on this subject:
- Callee Ackland of A Hippie In a Van
- Elizabeth Khan, Green Matters Writer
- Friday Apaliski of Sustainability Concierge
I hope that as soon as you finish reading this short post, you immediately group message your friends and tell them about it. Ultimately, it is going to take groups of people coming together with their friends and spreading information like this to effect positive and progressive environmental policy.
xoxo dolls & dudes,