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Voters Speak Out: Climate Action is Here to Stay.

November 15, 2023 by  
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( This month’s election results should be a wakeup call to any politician who had been unsure of Americans’ desire for robust climate action and support for a green economy. In states and counties that are red, blue, and everywhere in between, voters favored forward-looking candidates who embraced both the need for and the economic benefits of aggressive climate action.

Voters Speak Out: Climate Action is Here to Stay.

As much of the reporting on this election cycle has already pointed out, reproductive freedom was clearly a heavy driver of Democratic performance on Election Day. That shouldn’t overshadow the fact that, in marquee races, well-funded attacks against strong climate policies from the Far Right and fossil fuel interests were ignored or rejected by the voters they hoped to sway. And it doesn’t diminish the role that issues like clean energy and a healthy future for our planet and our communities played in galvanizing voters.

The climate crisis is here. It’s not politely knocking at our door; it’s banging it down. Americans in every corner of this country are hyperaware of it, especially after the dangerous and deadly heat waves and wildfires many of us experienced this year. What we’re seeing in our backyards is connected to a larger, global crisis that is affecting all life on this planet we call home. Just-released research shows that the past 12 months were the hottest on record.

This fight has always been about our future but increasingly it’s also about our present. Voters get it.

This was especially evident in Virginia, where voters forcefully denied the Republican governor’s bid for full control of the state government. The electoral rebuke of Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his views – in which Democrats didn’t just protect their state Senate majority but also gained control of the state House – effectively ends his push to undo the climate progress enacted under his predecessor.

Youngkin sought to roll back emissions standards aimed at moving Virginia away from the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines as of 2035. And he has been waging an effort to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program.

LaTwyla Mathias, who leads Progress Virginia and worked to mobilize voters in this year’s election, said that among her organization’s digital ads this cycle – which were shown to voters of color, young voters, and women – the ads focused on climate were the top performers.

“Our research shows that climate voters care about freedom: the freedom to breathe clean air, the freedom to live in a healthy environment, and the freedom to make decisions for themselves,” Ms. Mathias said. “Black and brown voters showed up on Tuesday because they know we’ve fought too long and too hard to let special interests take these freedoms from us.”

“By electing climate champions, we can fight back on growing health risks and pollution in marginalized neighborhoods, defend our neighbors with severe medical conditions, make sure that our communities have an opportunity to get trained in new jobs so that the transition to clean energy doesn’t leave anyone behind, and protect the progress we’ve made with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”

So, as we discuss all the fundamental rights that were on the ballot this year and will be in 2024 – abortion, the right to vote, gender equality, workers’ rights, and more – let’s not forget that the results of this week’s elections prove that the right to a clean environment and a habitable planet is a major election issue an ever growing number of Americans – especially those communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Written by Ben Jealous

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One Response to “Voters Speak Out: Climate Action is Here to Stay.”
  1. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    Human beings,through the usage of empirical science,have acquired the ability to manipulate the weather through electromagnetism,and certain chemicals which are punching many holes in the guarded canopies of earth especially the ozone layer, and to confuse nature altogether.Gamma rays from the sun are heating the earth. Everything tempered by God that was ordered are now effected.Birds no longer know when to build their nests.Honey bees and wasps no longer know when to build their nests.Fish have altered their migration from the shallows to the deep because they are confused by the activities of human beings. Many African American religious folk today speculate as to why their attendance at church has lessened? Here are three reasons why this is occurring: ( 1 ) We have changed our religious metaphysical beliefs; ( 2 ) We have changed our world view; and finally, ( 3 ) We have changed our religious practices. Ancient African American metaphysics postulated a God determined universe that included our understanding of the relationships between God’s universal cosmology, all of nature, and human practices, as King Solomon said in the book of Ecclesiastes in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, “there is a time and season for everything.”Many of our ancestors believed that the book titled ” The Farmers Almanac” helped them to accurately determine the appropriate cosmology, time, and season for doing everything from planting seeds, to harvest time, planning celebrations, to scheduling surgery. ” The believer thought that it was best to get oral surgery when the “sign was in the head “, that way there would be less bleeding, and the surgical wound would heal faster. They also determined that the best time to slaughter hogs, and other animals was in the coolness of the fall when there were fewer gnats and flies. The sign, given by God, had to be right for the act to be successful. Ancient African American metaphysics proceeded from the assumption that God give the signs via the cosmos, and man, plants, and animals all interpret the signs, and then act according to their nature. The cock still crows at daybreak and sundown to signal the start and end of the day. The fish keep cool in the deep during the heat of the day, and warms themselves in the shallows at days end. Isis eternally finds Osiris in the spring, and once again loses him in the fall and winter. Holy men have forgotten how to be holy, and interpret God’s signs, how can they teach ?

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