Vote and Act!
“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” -Albert Einstein
Many of us feel strongly about environmental and community issues, but fail to get involved and make our views known to decision makers. Remember that we are a representative democracy. That means all public officials are the employees of the people. You must instruct your representative in how best to represent your beliefs, or you will be leaving him and her to his own agenda.
Vote! – As Noam Chomsky said, “most of the population doesn’t even bother voting because it seems meaningless. A non-vote is akin to saying: ‘please ignore me.'” The government makes many important decisions that affect both the present and immediate future. Voting is the best antidote to corruption.
Review candidate platforms before voting – an ill-informed vote can be worse than no vote at all.
Contact your elected representatives – Whether it’s on the local, state, or national level, let the people who represent you in government know what you think, and what action you expect them to take, concerning issues that are important to you. Write, phone, and email your mayor, governor, and state and national legislative representatives to let them know you’re watching — and that you vote.
Get Involved Online – Get involved with an organization, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where activism is encouraged and facilitated. At the NRDC website, for instance, urgent issues are highlighted, and tools and suggestions are provided for making your thoughts known to elected officials.
Donate money or get involved with organizations that share your views, such as Simple Living Institute Inc., Nature Conservancy, NRDC, BioGems, or any other organization that has a cause that you feel strongly about. Many people think that they are too little to make a difference, and do nothing. But, if the people lead, the leaders will follow! Together we can make democracy work!