We’ve created a platform for climate voters
Do you believe that climate change is not receiving the attention it deserves? Imagine having easily accessible, comprehensive info on what current and aspiring legislators say and do about climate change!
This is the project site for ClimatePolitics. Since August 2016, this mostly volunteer-run project, on a bare-bones budget, has made significant progress to make it easy to see what candidates and elected officials say and do about climate change.
We started with ClimateCongress for the November 2016 elections, then moved on to ClimateCalifornia as the California legislature considered and passed legislation to expand the state’s pioneering climate initiatives.
Now, as we aim to cover representatives at many levels of government in in states across the country, we are renaming ourselves “ClimatePolitics” to reflect our greater scope. Learn more here.
A Resource for everyone
We envision ClimatePolitics as an adaptable, customizable tool that can be used for many purposes and by many constituencies. A few examples of how our wiki can empower users:
Non-profits – We offer our platform to climate, clean energy, and environmental justice organizations to join in assembling non-partisan and fully sourced profiles of legislators and candidates. They can input factual information on individuals and work with us to set up new tools like the Bill Tracker we built for California.
Journalists – Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, media coverage about climate change has skyrocketed. By collecting all publicly available climate votes and statements in a single place, we offer ClimatePolitics as a one-stop shop for journalists to understand legislators’ climate positions. They can trace back our source citations, draw from our information to ask informed questions during debates, interviews, or press conferences, and highlight the resources in their reporting.
Voters and concerned residents – Polls show that all voters – Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – care about climate. Yet climate change, which is already negatively impacting communities around the country, is rarely an issue in elections. By providing an easily accessible, non-partisan information source, we aim to empower concerned voters to ask questions and make decisions based on their candidates’ and legislators’ public positions on climate – or lack thereof – and their votes.
Help Make 2020 A Climate Election
The Campaign to Make 2020 A Climate Election isn’t just a wishful “If Only” fantasy. We see how the growing wave of interest in the 2020 elections can coalesce around climate, science, and truth. Our solid focus on long-term human needs for a livable world can ally with many associated movements and avoid short-term distractions. That can make climate an issue in electoral campaigns everywhere in 2020.
Time Until The 2020 Election
In addition to believing it can happen, we have ideas for how to get there. And we need your help! Grassroots Prototype Now Forming: We are envisioning how a Climate Election can look locally with a Bay Area Climate Election Action Group on Meetup. We’ll work on memes, slogans, videos, buttons, t-shirts. We’ll run contests for ideas and designs. Join wherever you’re from to watch our progress, pitch in, and spread the idea. Call to Action for a Climate Election: Help us reach the more than 80 influential organizations and voices to invite them to join in endorsing a nonpartisan, unifying action with a single goal, event, and step.
- One Goal: We can Make 2020 A Climate Election;
- One Event: Join a kickoff livestream Climate Election Mobilization Rally;
- One Step: Millions of Americans start to Talk About a Climate Election Everywhere & Often
About this initiative. It originates from two climate-focused activists. For over 15 years, ex-entrepreneur Felix Kramer has volunteered full-time, founding and writing about climate awareness and solutions projects. Mike Mielke has built coalitions for corporate and philanthropic sustainability and political action. In 2016, we started the ClimatePolitics wiki.