Voting is a privilege and a duty. Actions by governments, both local and federal, are an important part of protecting our air, water, and natural resources for the future. The recently released United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report states that we have little time to make major changes to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To make changes this large and within the 12 year time frame stated in the report, it will require the actions of lawmakers setting standards and making rules that will make this change happen. Therefore, it is imperative that we elect people into government who understand this and are willing to act.
Don’t underestimate the power of your individual vote! In recent elections, a number of races were so close that they were decided by a relatively small number of votes. In addition, many environmental issues are decided at the local level by city or state level officials, so voting in your local races can be crucially important.