Vote for a better future
We must hold politicians accountable — because our children cannot.

© 2018 GWEN DEWAR, PH.D., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Our children can’t
vote.

They can’t compel
the people in power to answer to the facts. They can’t hold
politicians accountable for authoritarian power-grabs and
incompetence.

They can’t vote to
ensure that their families will have access to affordable health
care, or vote for politicians who will address the skyrocketing costs
of higher education.

They can’t fire
politicians who condone racists, or break the law, or forcibly
separate immigrant families – inflicting needless anguish and
trauma on innocent young children.

They can’t stop
politicians from rejecting their birthright – a society that
responds intelligently and responsibly to scientific data, a world
that pulls together to fight the disastrous consequences of pollution
and climate change.

There’s a lot
going wrong in the world. But unlike our children, we have power. In
the world’s democracies, many crucial elections are being decided
by razor-thin margins. Every vote counts.

So please exercise
your right to vote, a right that many people have fought and died
for.

First, make sure you are registered to vote.

If you live in the United States, be aware that many states have purged voter registration rolls, so it's advisable to confirm that you are still actively registered. Vote.org offers tools to help you (1) confirm your registration, and (2)get registered if you are not already on the rolls. You can also navigate the process using this official usa.gov website.

Then go to the polls and cast your vote.

If think you won't be able to make it to the polls on election day, request an absentee ballot.

If election officials tell you that they can't find your registration information, demand a provisional ballot and get a receipt. Most U.S. states allow for the casting of provisional ballots.

And pass the message along.

Tell your friends and colleagues to vote. We don’t all agree on everything. Reasonable people may differ on all sorts of policies and issues. But we can come together to defend the basic principles of democracy and justice, and to insist that politicians work to avert environmental disaster.

People who deny or suppress scientific facts must not control our children’s future.

More reading

You can learn more about climate change from NASA. In addition to the information it provides to adults, the agency also hosts this educational website for kids.

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