How to Vote for the Environment

Last summer, hiking in Yosemite, I had dinner with a young couple who shocked me by saying they never vote in elections. “Why not?” I asked.

“We don’t follow the political process enough to know who to vote for” was their answer.

“Would you vote for the environment?” I asked?

“Of course – we’re big environmentalists. But how could we do that?”

Here is what I told them:

  1. First, make sure you’re registered to vote. You have to get this done before the election, probably weeks before the election, depending on what state you live in.
  2. I suggest you sign up to vote by mail. That way, you don’t have to go to the polling location on election day. It’s much easier to fill out the ballot at your leisure during the week or two before the election and mail it in. To find out how, just Google “vote by mail” and your state name.
  3. When time comes to vote, just use the endorsements by environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. It will take you five or ten minutes to vote this way, and you’ll be doing your part to save the planet!

This election really matters for the environment – not just the Presidential race, but all the races down the ballot.