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You Took Climate Action to the Streets. Now Take It to the Ballot Box!

It’s time to exercise your democratic muscles and vote for a clean, climate-stable, healthy and just future for all!

The September 27 climate strikes sent a big and beautiful message that we are passionate, strong and many, and that climate action is urgent, necessary and non-negotiable. Now, let’s take that momentum and vote for climate solutions on October 21. (Photo: Adam Scotti via Flickr)

The September 27 climate strikes sent a big and beautiful message that we are passionate, strong and many, and that climate action is urgent, necessary and non-negotiable. Now, let’s take that momentum and vote for climate solutions on October 21. (Photo: Adam Scotti via Flickr)

How does it feel to be a part of one of the largest global mobilizations in history?

Our spirits were lifted by being with you on the streets to demand climate actionThroughout the country, we sent a big and beautiful message that we are passionate, strong and many, and that climate action is urgent, necessary and non-negotiable.

The global climate strikes:

More than 7.6 million people, 6,135 actions, 185 countries

Momentum is on our side as we approach the federal election

Now, let’s take that energy and demand climate solutions from all party leaders and candidates in Canada’s federal election.

From the massive turnout for the climate strikes, we know that voters will also turn out in droves to vote for the climate on October 21.

Here’s what you can do to get ready!

1. Register to vote

It’s easy to check your status, update your address or register to vote. Just use this link to the Online Voter Registration Service by Elections Canada!

If you are eligible, you can still vote even if you are not registered. You just need to make sure to bring the proper ID.

2. Make your plan

Make your plan to vote by checking how to vote and when. You can vote on October 21, election day, but you can also vote by mail or at advance polls from October 11 to 14. 

3. Get familiar with the candidates in your riding

Find out who is running in your district and identify who aligns best with your values. Because we are a charity, we are restricted by election law from recommending parties or candidates. But we can say that not all of the parties’ platforms adequately address the environmental crisis we are in. Find out the position of the major parties on some key environmental issues.

4. Find a voting buddy

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If you can, go with someone who might otherwise not vote, may have trouble getting to the polling station on their own or needs an extra bit of motivation.

5. Have fun!

Help make the election fun by planning to do something unexpected, entertaining and/or tasty for election day. We’ve heard of people bringing “doughnuts for democracy” to their polling station, bands playing music while people wait in line and others setting up an “I voted” photo booth with fun props. What fun can you bring to election day?

6. Encourage others to do the same

If you are not of voting age, or otherwise not eligible to vote, get involved by talking to people who can vote about the election issues that most matter to you and encourage them to do the other things on this list.

This election is THE climate election

Polling over the past two weeks shows Canadians, unprompted, identify the environment and climate change as their top election issue. Canadians understand the climate crisis isn’t just an environmental issue but an economic, social, health and justice issue as well.

It’s time to exercise your democratic muscles and vote for a clean, climate-stable, healthy and just future for all!

Demand climate solutions this election!

Jodi Stark

Jodi Stark

Jodi Stark is a Climate Change and Clean Energy Public Engagement Specialist in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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