Whether you’re an activist, a regular voter, or have never voted in your life, your voice matters. We have to hold our elected officials accountable every single day — because if we don’t, entrenched interests will be the only ones who do.
As your legislator casts their votes in Congress, remind them that the crises we are fighting demand bold solutions rather than status quo. Our current situation is dire — our democracy is under attack from within and our economic and political systems are on track to permanently diminish the livability of our planet. If we don’t swiftly transform these systems to prioritize environmental justice, healthy communities, and our rights to clean air and water, we might not get another chance in the future.
But this is no time for despair. For the first time in more than a decade, there are majorities in both chambers of Congress that support climate action. The potential of these majorities is real – but it’ll be nothing more than potential if we don’t begin the hard work of emailing, calling, tweeting, showing up, and constantly pushing our elected officials to fight for the environmental progress we voted for. Such direct action can push many of us out of our comfort zones, but democracy only works when we participate.
This is our moment. We could see exciting new bills that bring good green jobs to millions of Americans and protect our communities from toxic pollution. We can reinstate protections for endangered species, conserve more of our public lands, and make this the decade where we reach a turning point in the fight against climate change.
It’s time to introduce yourself to your members of Congress and remind them whose community and whose values they represent.