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Climate Change: Why You Should Vote

Sarah Wizemann

Posted on September 21 2020

Climate Change: Why You Should Vote
2020 might just feel like a series of insanely unfortunate events, but most of the natural disasters we’ve been facing (pandemic included) are linked to climate change. With wildfires now ravaging much of the West Coast, many of us are getting front row seats to the damage that has been done to our planet. Five million acres of burnt land across the state of Oregon alone paint a bleak picture. While it’s easy to feel completely powerless in the face of so much destruction, we hold more power than we realize.

Exercising your democratic right to bring about real change might feel like a bit of a crapshoot but it’s a more powerful tool than you may realize. Don’t just vote in presidential elections, cast your ballot for local measures and smaller elections too. Do your research, listen to both sides and be an informed voter. Yes, this is extra work but we can’t afford to let another four years go by with an administration that refuses to address (and actively exacerbates) the climate crisis.


Remember that not everyone living in the US has the ability to vote, so vote for those that can’t. Vote with a collective mindset and consider what you think will be best for you and your community but also the people that have been barred from voting. So please vote this year, as early as you can. Vote like your life depends on it, because even if it doesn’t, someone else’s does.

Once you’ve cast your vote, here are some other ways to help those affected by the recent natural disasters caused by climate change.


Donate to Oregon Red Cross and Oregon Food Bank. Both organizations have comprehensive wildfire relief plans and are on the ground helping those displaced by the Oregon Wildfires. The Red Cross has a separate fund set up to help those affected by Hurricane Sally and Laura as well.


Donate supplies or funds to the Fires Igniting the Spirit (in coordination with Don’t Shoot PDX, Snack Bloc, and Symbiosis) mutual aid effort. They are focusing on Indigenous communities as well as migrant workers who have been displaced by the wildfires. There are drop-off locations around the Portland area.

 

Header image by Greg Maguire, a PDX based designer and photographer whose work can be found here and here.

Post written by Kiah Nagasaka for Lille Boutique.

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