10. Get politically active and vote
Although it’s important to take action to reduce our individual carbon footprints, we also need to focus on changing the larger system. That’s where we have the greatest opportunity to reduce emissions.
Vote for leaders at all levels of government who take climate change seriously. They should commit to setting science-based targets to reduce harmful carbon emissions, implementing clear plans to reach those targets, adapting to climate change and shifting to a clean-energy economy.
Make sure you are registered to vote and then get informed for all elections — not just the ones that get the most media attention. Candidates’ positions on climate change vary widely, so research the parties, ask questions about climate change at town halls or debates and let your candidates know you are voting for the climate. Know that your vote really matters.
If you’re too young to vote, encourage your class or school to join a Student Vote program, which provides students the opportunity to experience participation in the election process. You can also talk to your parents about the importance of voting for climate action.
- Canada – federal – September 20, 2021
- Newfoundland and Labrador – municipal – September 28, 2021
- Alberta – municipal – October 18, 2021
- Northwest Territories – municipal – October 19, 2021
- Yukon – territorial – to be determined
- Yukon – municipal – October 21, 2021
- Nunavut – municipal (hamlets) – October 25, 2021
- Montreal – municipal – November 6 & 7, 2021
The first step is registering to vote.