According to fairvote.org, of those eligible to vote, only about 60% end up doing so in years of presidential elections. To some that may seem like a good percentage, but in my opinion, we should continue to raise our standards.
This election is big. No matter where you stand on the presidential vote, go out there and let your voice be heard. Many people worry that due to the electoral college and historical voting patterns, our vote in California and in other states doesn't really make much of an impact. While there may be a degree of truth somewhere in there, it doesn't mean we shouldn't act on our duty as citizens to vote and share our opinions.
Even if you don't believe you can make a substantial difference with who the president ends up being, you have huge impact elsewhere. In the state of California, we have 17 propositions to vote on this election. This does not go to an electoral college. This is YOUR vote. It's your time to SHINE! When it comes to the direct effects on the wellbeing of the planet, there are no excuses! We are here as environmental activists. As ambassadors of the sea. We can force politicians to take us seriously by simply going out and voting.
In this election, we have the chance to vote YES on proposition 67 and NO on proposition 65 in order to ban plastic bags in the state of California. Finally, we are at the point where we can make big, big change. While these elections are confusing and difficult, they are worth the struggles in their potential rewards. They make us really think about our lifestyles, our ideas, and what precedents we want to set for future generations. Let us set a precedent to be ocean minded, to care for one another, and to love the world we live in.
RAISE YOUR FINS, MERMAIDS! Shine! Sparkle! Smile! VOTE!!!!!
Your voice matters to the future of the United States and to wherever else you may live. Your voice matters to us. Share your stories of what you're doing to inspire others to vote, tell us how you make our environment cleaner, what you do in order to be plastic free for the sea. Tag us on Instagram, send us SPLASHES on Facebook or through email. We want to hear from you!
Together we can be the change.