10. Get politically active and vote
It’s important to take action to reduce individual carbon footprints, but changing the larger system is the greatest opportunity to reduce emissions.
Vote for leaders at all levels of government who take climate change seriously. They should commit to set science-based targets to reduce harmful carbon emissions, implement clear plans to reach those targets, adapt to climate change and shift to a clean-energy economy.
Your vote matters. 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 all candidates know you are voting for the climate.
If you’re too young to vote, encourage your class or school to join a Student Vote program, which provides opportunities to experience participation in the election process. Talk to people in your life who are eligible to vote about the importance of voting for climate action.
The first step is registering to vote.