2020 Election: Voting for a better Future
We know there is power in using our voices to fight for change together. This Election Day – as the climate crisis gets worse – a vote has the power to help the health of the world especially for future generations.
“To meet the challenges of the climate crisis and preserve all that we hold dear; to retain democracy, social justice, human rights, and other hard-won freedoms in the future, we must part ways with that which threatens to destroy them. Now is the time to make profound shifts in how we live, work, and relate to each other.”
– The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
Voting for the Future Generation
Voting looks very different this year, for a number of reasons. We mailed out our ballots last week. It felt so good to take our time with it. As we checked off each box we were reminded of our core values centered around equality for all, what we believe this country is and can be for so many people of so many different backgrounds, and how we can help repair Mother Earth, not only for our own little boy but for the many future generations that will come after us. Now as a mother, the importance of voting feels even heavier. Some days, it feels as though it can completely consume me. I know I am not alone in fighting for a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable world for our children.
“If time could run backward, like a film in reverse, we would see this mess reassemble itself into lush green hills and moss-covered ledges of limestone. The streams would run back up the hills to the springs and the salt would stay glittering in underground rooms.”
2020 Election: The Climate Crisis + our Children
I recently listened to a webinar with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass and my soul felt so comforted, as though I was sitting with family. I could list off quote after quote from her book (just like the one above), but she offered some helpful advice. When we feel lost or powerless or overwhelmed as to how we can help Mother Earth, when it feels like the small changes we make in our everyday aren’t helping, remember they are and the single most important thing we can do is vote. It is not a mystery what is happening around us. The five warmest years in the 1880–2019 record have all occurred since 2015, and 2019 was the second hottest year on record.
Seventh Generation has been extremely inspired by the energy of Gen Z, which has spoken out on climate action and we are proud to partner with them to share the importance of voting in the 2020 election. We share their urgency in addressing the climate crisis. And despite the fact most Gen Z are not yet old enough to cast a vote in arguably the most important presidential election yet, we are reminded each day of the irreversible climate impact we will leave for them.
How to Stay Up to Date on Voting Information
We are getting so close to the election. Are you ready to vote? Have you mailed in your ballot? There are so many great sources you can sign up for that will share election reminders and news straight to your phone. Seventh Generation has made it easy to check all of your voter information, read about your elected officials, and access non-partisan information for state and federal elections. A vote for the climate is a vote for the health of future generations to come.
*Thank you to Seventh Generation for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.