Sometimes caring about an issue isn’t enough. You have to do something. If you’re as concerned as we are about the inaction by elected officials on climate change, the most important thing you can do is simple: Vote.

Think your vote doesn’t count? Think again.

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Climate change has reached a point where solving it requires solutions at scale. The only way to make that happen is to elect officials at the local, state, and national levels who will be leaders on climate, mainly by supporting renewable energy and limiting carbon emissions.

Convinced to vote for climate leaders? Excellent. The sad truth these days is that it’s relatively easy in most cases—just vote Democratic. If that aligns with your personal political beliefs, the decision is easy. If not, it’s much more challenging.

Fortunately, the Democrat-Republican split on climate won’t last, and it’s already changing. More and more Republicans, such as Carlos Curbelo of Florida, are opening their eyes to the reality of climate change and taking action. At the same time, some Democrats are not leading on climate as much you might think. So, it has never been more important to do your research in order to make an informed decision when you head to the polls.

Here are a few resources to help you ahead of the coming elections this fall:

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1. Register TO VOTE

Not sure if you're registered? Find out

The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote. Most voter registration deadlines have passed, but you can verify on Rock The Vote's website linked below. Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people, and they provide resources to learn more about voter registration in your state, voting rights, and more, including a quick check to see if and where you are personally registered to vote.

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2. KNOW THE CLIMATE LEADERS IN YOUR AREA

Review the League of Conservation Voters endorsements

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to make environmental values national, state, and local priorities. Each election cycle, LCV provides a list of candidate endorsements. Check this list to see if your candidate has been endorsed.

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3. SEE HOW YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS STACK Up

Take a look at the National Environmental Scorecard

Since 1970, the National Environmental Scorecard has been providing objective, factual information about important environmental legislation and the corresponding voting records of all members of Congress. The scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about twenty respected environmental and conservation organizations. It’s the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. Check the score of the candidates in your area.

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4. Educate yourself

Read CEEP Resources

The Campus Election Engagement Project creates nonpartisan guides to educate and inform users about key issues, elections, and policies in order to reduce barriers to voting. Explore their resources and get educated on any topics you may be unfamiliar with.

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With these resources, we hope you feel informed and confident when you head to the polls this election season! Make your voice heard and take action for the climate, the planet, and the powder you love.

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