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Voting for the Environment

If you would like to be represented by more elected officials who support environmental safeguards for our air, water, and land (and if this is one of your top criteria when choosing candidates to vote for), take a look at the resources provided by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). LCV is a non-partisan “national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies” and works to “elect pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.”

(Please note: The links to resources and endorsements provided in this post do not constitute an endorsement from Mother Earth News.)

LCVOne of LCV’s flagship reports is its annual

National Environmental Scorecard, which shows how each U.S. congressperson voted on every environmentally relevant piece of legislation. You can search the Scorecard by state, zip code, a congressperson’s name, or by year. Or you can download a PDF of the entire Scorecard.   

LCV endorses pro-environment candidates for Senate, House, Presidential, and Gubernatorial races. See their current endorsements here.  

LCV also makes anti-endorsements. This year, LCV named five incumbent House candidates to a group they’ve dubbed the Flat Earth Five: five of the most staunch climate-change deniers in the House of Representatives. LCV issues an annual Dirty Dozen list, as well, which includes the Flat Earth Five this year, as well as other candidates who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation.  

More than 30 states now have their own state-level LCVs, which hold state elected officials accountable on various environmental issues. Click on the map at that link to find the website for your state’s LCV and learn about your state and local candidates and issues.

Related resources:

·       Sierra Club’sendorsements  

·       ConservAmerica: formerly known as Republicans for Environmental Protection

·       Patagonia’s Vote the Environment project

Make sure that you are able and prepared to vote:

And last but not least, vote for the sake of your family, future generations, and the environment and atmosphere that we all share and depend on for life. 
 

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