Are you fired up and ready to vote? I know I am. In fact, I’m so fired up, I’m going to vote early. Down below, you’ll find a link so you know when you can vote early, too.
Why do I care? Because here’s what’s at stake:
The air we breathe.
The way we use energy.
Our health, and the health of our kids and grandkids.
The water we drink.
Nature in all its beauty.
All of my concerns are connected to just one thing: where we get our energy.
Right now, most of our energy comes from burning fossil fuels: coal, oil, natural gas.
Air pollution from fossil fuels creates the pollution that causes smog and Code Red bad air days. If you have asthma, it’s worse because of dirty air. Women get more heart attacks than men when they live in cities where the air is polluted. None of us should be outside when it’s Code Red.
Burning fossil fuels is also causing climate change. By now, you know what that means. Worse poison ivy. More mosquitoes and dengue fever. Floods. Fire. Drought. Hurricanes like Katrina and Matthew and Sandy – terrible superstorms that have caused billions of dollars of damage, killed hundreds of people, and ruined our homes and, in some cases, our livelihoods.
Drilling for oil, fracking for natural gas and mining for coal cause some of the worst environmental disasters we’ve ever seen, from oil spills to contaminated rivers to polluted ground water.
Says Clean Air Moms Action, “We must fight to protect the air we breathe and the many treasured places across our country vulnerable to climate disruption.”
Adds North Carolina Mom Caroline Armijo, “I’ve been meeting with moms…we’ve been praying for solutions…And one thing we know we can do right now is vote.”
What Difference Does It Make If We Vote?
The next President of the United States, our elected officials in Congress, our governors, and our state legislators all hold the power to decide whether our nation continues to burn fossil fuels – or whether we finally make a full and complete transition to the abundant clean energy that is all around us: energy from the wind and the sun. Our elected officials can decide whether to help us save energy, too.
Why Vote Early?
Early voting gives you the peace of mind that you’ve made your voice heard and your concerns count.
Plus, by voting early, you can volunteer to help get the vote out. Clean Air Moms is asking “passionate volunteers to help get their communities out to vote.” You can make a difference by helping register people to vote, educating your community on the issues, and showing up at candidate events.”
As Clean Air Moms Action points out, “There is more on the line during the 2016 election than the office of the President. There are also many “down ballot” races that will have an impact on your daily life and the quality of the air our children breathe.”
Where Can You Vote Early? Find Out Here!
Take the Pledge
I’m joining with Clean Air Moms Action to pledge to vote by or on November 8.
Won’t you join us?
NOTE: This post was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All editorial opinions are my own.