Do Animals (Besides Us) Vote For Their Leaders?

Do Animals (Besides Us) Vote For Their Leaders?

We humans aren’t the only ones who have devised democratic methods for electing leaders. As our count for the presidential winner continues, the Guardian explains how other species “vote” for leaders that can make or break their survival. 

Why This Matters:  We need to ensure 30% of the planet is protected by 2030 because the human-induced imbalances in the natural world are impacting waggling honeybees and soaring birds, among other species.

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BONUS ODP Interview:  The Brennan Center’s Hannah Klain on How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts click button

BONUS ODP Interview: The Brennan Center’s Hannah Klain on How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Hannah is an Equal Justice Works Selbin Family Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice where she works on protecting everyone’s right to vote and vote safely this year.  She also happens to be my (Monica’s) daughter!  She has some practical tips for everyone on how to make sure your vote gets counted, and how […]

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How to Elect Candidates Who Will Run, Win and Legislate on Climate Change

How to Elect Candidates Who Will Run, Win and Legislate on Climate Change

How do you elect political candidates who will make tackling climate change a priority? That’s the question Caroline Spears and her colleagues sought to answer when they launched the Climate Cabinet Action Fund in 2018, offering tailored climate data, policy ideas, and messaging suggestions to candidates and lawmakers. 

Why This Matters: State legislatures play a critical role in crafting and passing policy — to lead on climate and energy policy, paving the way for ambitious national climate action.

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Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

The smoke from the California wildfires is now marring the skies from coast to coast, with satellite pictures showing the reach of the plume of ash and contaminated air spreading across the country, according to The Washington Post.

Why This Matters:  We have been writing for months about the growing political importance of climate change and environment — both of which are noticeably worse, much to the dismay of the key voting block — suburban women.

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Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

In a huge upset, the Democrat Andy Beshear upset the sitting Governor there running on a pro-climate change, clean energy platform.  And the state House and Senate in Virginia also flipped to Democratic control, with clean energy issues looming large in the election as well, with the largest single donor to Dems in Virginia funding liberal candidates in an effort to loosen the hold of Dominion energy in the state capitol.

Why This Matters:  Environmental issues were an important factor in Democratic victories on Tuesday.

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Climate is Shaping Politics in 2020, Dem Candidates Should Pay Attention

Climate is Shaping Politics in 2020, Dem Candidates Should Pay Attention

The latest Morning Consult/Sierra Club 2020 Climate Voter Tracking Poll is in. Here’s who climate voters are supporting in the primary:

  • Joe Biden 31%
  • Elizabeth Warren 25%
  • Bernie Sanders 19%

Why This Matters: For the first time, climate change is at the forefront of political issues for U.S. Democratic voters.

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