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Social Justice

Vote Your Conscience & Protect the Climate

Rumi said, “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

First Church Earth Justice Ministry suggests that, at the “Democracy Day” event in January, we become more fully aware of some organizations that combine our interest in kneeling and kissing the ground, i.e., protecting the environment, as we vote ourselves, or by encouraging others to vote.

Check out these organizations providing good information:

  • Environmental Voter Project identifies inactive environmentalists and transforms them into consistent voters to build the power of the environmental movement. It uses data to identify existing environmentalists who don’t vote and applies cutting-edge behavioral science to nudge them into being more consistent voters.
  • League of Conservation Voters is involved at national, state, and local levels of government.
  • Wisconsin Conservation Voters has a lobbyist in Madison, frequently talking to legislators about clean energy, the Line 5 Pipeline, Forever Chemicals in our water, or democracy for all. The organization also produces voter guides at the national and state levels.
  • Climate Hawks Vote identifies, trains, and elects climate hawk leaders, while generating a political environment in which those leaders have the power to advance policies needed to address climate change. As a PAC, they also raise campaign funds for climate hawks.

Terry Wiggins, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice Ministry

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