Voting as an Act of Faith

By Carol Devine

 

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Climate is on the ballot for every election, including the November 8, 2022 election. These 2022 midterms can make or break our future to live in a safe and healthy world. One of the most important things that we can do to solve the climate crisis is to vote for candidates who want to protect, care, and heal the earth. And since climate intersects all justice issues, voting for climate also supports every justice issue that people of faith care about.

According to the Environmental Voter Project, over 12 million environmentalists did not vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Your vote matters! We are blessed to have the privilege to have the right to vote and with that privilege comes a responsibility. Voting should be part of how we live out our faith. Make a voting plan for yourself and then help others exercise their right to vote too. Contact 10 people (or more) and encourage them to vote. Help people find the resources they need to vote (https://www.vote.org/). Encourage everyone to vote for candidates that prioritize God’s good earth. Assist with transportation for those in your community as well.

Get inspired by watching this short Let’s Talk Climate episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLg8cGdSJPU with Blessed Tomorrow leaders Brian McClaren, Jackie Dupont-Walker, and Gerald Durley. These faith leaders give us the following guidance: Trust God enough to act. Have courage. Get in good trouble. Communicate on climate. Use your social media to say what matters to you (Use ecoAmerica’s Get Out the Vote resources to make that easier! https://ecoamerica.org/gotv-midterms-2022/)

And register now (https://presbyearthcare.org/climate-on-the-ballot/) and attend a webinar hosted by Presbyterians for Earth Care and Blessed Tomorrow, featuring Jim Antal, Gerald Durley and Jackie-Dupont-Walker.

We are all in this together! People of faith are the best to lead on climate. Everyone, every day!

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