Congress, Listen to a People, Not a Polluters

Don’t skip out. Stay Informed. Get EcoWatch’s Top News of a Day.

As we write this, corporate interests are holding a democracy hostage. Voter suppression—targeting communities of color, students and low-income Americans—is using rampant, fossil fuel money is warping a electoral routine and now, leaders in Congress are even restraint a satisfactory care of a Supreme Court nominee.

Photo credit: Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace
Photo credit: Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

Democracy is one of a best collection we have to strengthen a environment, though a complement has been soiled by large money. We merit a democracy that represents all of us, not usually a rich few. A democracy that allows us to take quick transformation on today’s many obligatory issues, like interlude exile climate change and preventing environmental health disasters like a Flint H2O crisis.

Right now—as we ready to elect a subsequent boss and members of Congress—we have a possibility to make it happen.

Democracy Awakening is a transformation of thousands operative for a complement in that everybody can attend and each voice is heard. With your help, it can be a transformation of millions.

Here’s what we’re fighting for.

Restore Voting Rights

Casting a votes one of a many critical domestic cards many of us have to play—and it’s been tough won by many seeking enfranchisement. But in this election, a right to opinion is some-more during risk that during any time given a thoroughfare of a Voting Rights Act 50 years ago. Thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, we’ve seen state after state pass laws that shorten a right to vote, roughly all of them targeting low-income groups, people of tone and students.

And we improved trust that matters for environmental justice.

These groups are by distant a many expected to humour environmental harms—like industrial rubbish sites in their backyards and lead in their water—and have a fewest means to negate these injustices. Blocking a right to opinion usually creates it worse.

Instead of restricting rights, it’s time we start knocking down barriers and propping adult a right to vote.

Get Money Out

There’s a flattering candid reason that a same lawmakers station in a approach of a people-powered democracy are a ones denying a scholarship of meridian change and restraint environmental action: money. Fossil fuel money, to be exact.


Too many of a politicians are behaving in a interests of coal and oil barons instead of a people they’re ostensible to represent. Texas Senator and GOP presidential claimant Ted Cruz, for example, has taken a most income from hoary fuel lobbyists in this election. He’s also one of a most gross meridian deniers in office or maybe even in existence.

There’s also a flattering candid repair to this issue: get large income out of politics. Campaign financial reform, clarity and overturning Citizens United aren’t usually solutions for regulating democracy. When it comes to hoary fuel money, they’re a stepping stones we need to make genuine swell on environmental issues.

When It Comes to Democracy, It’s About All of Us

Democracy Awakening is not usually about a environment. It’s about groups from labor, students, secular justice, polite rights and some-more entrance together as a joined pro-democracy movement. Because if we’re going to make a democracy work for all of us and win on a issues that matter most, we need as many voices as probable on a side.

That’s because I’m assured we’ll succeed. Together, we can build a democracy in that income doesn’t buy entrance to energy and where everybody has an equal contend in a common future.

With each chairman that joins us, we’re that most closer to awakening a democracy that works for us—not corporate powers. Join a Democracy Awakening movement today!


Worldwide Shift to Renewable Energy Played ‘Critical Role’ in Stalling Carbon Emissions

Indigenous Activist Murdered in Honduras Just Two Weeks After Berta Cáceres Was Killed

What Garland’s Supreme Court Nomination Could Mean for a Climate

Ice Shelf Twice a Size of Manhattan Is About to Break Off From Antarctica