If we have learned anything from the last few years, it is that our choices have major consequences, and, participation is also a choice. Voter turnout in the U.S. is far below most other developed countries, and this slows progress on major environmental and human rights issues. We don't believe it is up to brands to tell you how to vote, but, we can offer you some resources to help you educate yourself on your local elections and ballot measures, check your voter registration and polling places, and if you are so inclined, to get involved in the issues that matter to you. As with anything of value, consistency is key. Down-ballot races happen every year, and though Presidential races are the most publicized, District Attorneys, Mayors and State Legislators often determine the things that most closely affect your local community. Every year is a chance to make some progress, because every year is an election year.
AM I REGISTERED?
Voter rolls are often purged without notification, so if you aren't sure about your registration status, you can find out with Vote.org. You can also change your status to vote by mail, which we highly recommend doing if your state allows.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
Polling places change all the time, so let's make sure you know where you need to go. Vote.org has up-to-date listings of polling places by state.
WHO & WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT?
Information on these races can vary by state but there are ways to research on your own. A simple google search ("what's on my ballot") can point you in the right direction. We also recommend VoteSaveAmerica.com as a great resource for election information by state.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Any one of the organizations listed in our World At Large page would be a great way to start. We highly recommend joining 1% For The Planet, or simply volunteering your time at a local cleanup in your area.
Making small changes in your daily life can make a world of difference. It only takes a few weeks to form a habit, so why not make some good ones? To name a few...
- Eliminate single use plastics. Opt for reusable grocery bags, reusable straws, utensils and containers instead.
- Reduce your plastic consumption by considering the packaging of your purchases. Consider the amount of plastic bottles under your sink, and opt for refills or green packaged items instead. For example, check out CleanCult, Blueland and Grove Collaborative for plastic-free cleaning supplies.
- Buy Organic food whenever possible. Pesticides and commercial farming are major factors responsible for air, water and soil pollution.
- Speaking of food, taking a few days off of eating meat each week would make quite a difference, considering the amount of pollution and emissions caused by commercial farming each year.
We will add more resources on these topics as they become available. Every little bit helps. Take care.