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Voting for climate justice

A new national poll finds strong voter support for climate action: nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of registered voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, and seven out of 10 (70 percent) support the United States’ participation in the Paris climate accord.

Most of us believe that everyone counts, no matter our race, accent or ZIP code. We also know that government action is critical to combating the fast-intensifying climate crisis.

We know that those most impacted by the climate crisis have had the least to do with the problem and specifically Black, Indigenous and communities of color (BIPOC) have been the most impacted by climate disasters and fossil fuel extraction.

These very same communities face targeted voter-suppression efforts. These communities also face other barriers to voting due to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and climate disasters.

In order to protect our democracy and planet, we must fight for every eligible voter’s right to vote.

In the lead up to the November election, we must drum up pressure and show our leaders that voters care about environmental issues. Since our vote is our voice, we must speak up now or risk losing it.

Al Blake, Becket


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