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Vote Earth

Today we face an environmental crisis that requires an urgent and transformative response. In 2020, as the world marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our progress on global targets for people, planet, and prosperity will be scrutinized globally. 2020 is the year that must see the peaking of our global greenhouse gas emissions – with emissions falling rapidly thereafter – if we hope to avoid some of the most dangerous impacts of climate change on our environment, our economies, and our futures.

In 2015, 195 countries came together to unanimously adopt the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which, for the first time unites all nations to take ambitious action to fight climate change. However, the national commitments that make up the agreement will not address our challenge as they currently stand, even with the support of the private sector and sub-national government action.

In order to defend our future and protect our planet, policymakers must do much more to bring the world to a zero-carbon future. Policies – national, statewide and local – will be critical for decisive, positive action to address climate change and environmental sustainability now and in the years and decades to come. Action on climate change is an inordinate opportunity for a cleaner, more secure world; healthier, more livable cities and rural areas and the growth of new kinds of decent, better jobs. It’s time to seize this opportunity.

That’s where you come in – as a voting citizen, you can have enormous power to drive change by selecting the leaders that best represent your values, interests, and demands, and voting out those who refuse to recognize the urgency of this global challenge.

It’s time to trigger citizen mobilization, globally and at scale. It’s time to Vote Earth.

Vote Earth is a global initiative that aims to mobilize millions of people to demonstrate their concern for our planet by rejecting inaction and demanding change at the polls.

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day falls during an auspicious time for action around the world. In 2019 and 2020 alone, more than 60 countries are holding national or major subnational elections that will impact global outcomes for climate change and other priorities for our water, air, land, and oceans.

Vote Earth will ask citizens, particularly young and first-time voters, to use their voting power to back candidates that have clear, express and transformational electoral strategies to combat climate change and restore, conserve and protect our environment nationally and internationally.

The campaign calls on citizens to examine the climate and environmental platforms of their candidates, to engage these candidates and better understand their ambition, and, ultimately, to vote at the ballot box for the candidates with clear, ambitious, and convincing plans to protect our planet.

Vote Earth has three main aims:

  1. Registering one million voters around Earth Day 2020 (March and April) in coordination with voter and community groups around the world;
  2. Educating and activating new and existing registered voters to support climate candidates; and
  3. Demanding all political candidates make their support of climate action and environmental issues a central and top part of their platforms.

2020 can change the outcome. All citizens benefit in a world where national, regional, and local governments are acting to cut emissions, build resilient societies and conserve the Earth’s life support system—from forests and soils to species and our oceans. It’s time to vote for our future – so get registered, get informed, and Vote Earth.

Photo by Goutam Roy: Flickr