Dear Partners in Green,

I want to begin by wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, and as green a holiday as possible. I am hopeful that many of your New Year’s resolutions take into account the fragility of our natural world and that 2024 will be our greenest year yet.

We must be environmentally conscious in all aspects of our lives; how we eat, shop, live, talk, and maybe most importantly, as Bill Nye, the Science Guy, proposes, how we vote.

Nye believes that voting is the most important action we can take to save our planet.

In a recent talk he referred to the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants as an act of human negligence, and called the Supreme Court a “controversial bunch.”

He says that to protect our planet from these unwise and dangerous decisions, we must pass better laws that are more direct, more specific, more in everyone’s best interest; that is, we must vote.

The Supreme Court does what the law says. So, when voting, we must take the environment into account and vote for better laws to control climate change and for candidates who take climate change seriously. I believe that includes candidates in local, state, as well as national elections.

Nye’s message is that since everyday humans (almost 8 billion of us) helped create the problem, “we are the stewards of the whole thing, and so we must take the whole planet into account the whole time.” *

He “eloquently” continues, “Don’t just vote for dumb stuff; vote for better laws to control climate change.”

Vote as though the world depended upon it!

In a recent Newsweek I found an opinion piece that reads, “In 2024, climate will be on the ballot in a way we’ve rarely seen.” Some places might break gridlocks on climate and energy policies, while some might see a climate-denying backlash. * *

There is indeed work to be done, conversations to be had, demonstrations to be planned, and votes to be cast. We are running out of time, but we cannot give up hope.

Following are a few quotes on voting that might inspire you not only to vote, which I am certain most of you do, but also inspire you to encourage others to vote for a greener, more sustainable planet. It is one of, if not the most important action you can take.

Louis Brandeis
“The most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen.”

Peggy Noonan
“Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.”

Sharon Salzberg
“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.”

Monica Crowley
“Voting is as much an emotional act as it is an intellectual one.”

Keith Ellison
“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.”

Barack Obama
“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”

Jens Stoltenberg
“By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions.”

Roald Dahl
“Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.”

Theodore Hesburgh
“Voting is a civic sacrament.”

George Carlin
“If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.”

Thank you for being on this journey.

Wishing peace and health to you and your loved ones, and again, Happy New Year!

Till next time,
Beth

*https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/04/bill-nye-the-best-way-to-fight-climate-change-is-by-voting.html
**https://theweek.com/politics/in-2024-climate-will-be-on-the-ballot-in-a-way-weve-rarely-seen