Your U.S. Representative started the first day of their term this month, and whether or not you voted for them, for the next two years they work and speak for you.
As voters, our job wasn’t finished on the first Wednesday of November, and it’s not finished now. Whether you’re an activist, a regular voter, or have never voted in your life, your voice matters. We have to hold our elected officials accountable every single day — because if we don’t, entrenched interests will be the only ones who do.
As your new legislator casts their first votes in the House of Representatives, remind them that they’re voting on your behalf and for your values. Tell them that every vote they cast must be a vote for environmental justice; healthy communities; strong protections for our lands, oceans, and wildlife; and a swift and just transition to clean, 100 percent renewable energy.
Last year’s midterm elections brought new momentum for environmental progress. The results mean that climate change is no longer considered a hoax in the U.S. House. A new generation of environmental champions in the U.S. House of Representatives bring a promise of climate progress and environmental justice to Washington, D.C. — but just the promise. Now we have to begin the hard work of emailing, calling, tweeting, showing up, and constantly pushing our elected officials to fight for the environmental progress we voted for last year. Such direct action can push many of us out of our comfort zones, but democracy only works when we participate.
We could see exciting new bills that bring good green jobs to millions of Americans and protect our communities from toxic pollution. But we will also have to fight legislation from the U.S. Senate legislation that strips protections for endangered species and the habitats they depend on, and allows corporate polluters to recklessly poison our air and water to maximize their profits.
It’s time to introduce yourself to your new representative and tell them whose community and whose values they represent.