(Reprinted from Patagonia.com)
Vote Our Planet
We need to elect leaders at the local, state and national levels who will defend the well-being of our families and communities—leaders who support clean water, clean air, strong climate action and a courageous shift to renewable energy.
If we don’t act, then someone else will—someone who doesn’t care about a future for our children and other wild things.
Defend Our Water
America’s waters are fundamental to our health, prosperity and happiness. But Flint, Michigan, alerted us to the threat of poisoned drinking water—and the whole nation’s drinking water infrastructure was given a D grade for aging pipes, some of which date back to the Civil War.
Chemicals, coal ash and waste seep into our common waters. More than half of our nation’s rivers and streams are in either fair or poor biological health, but we continue to dam and pollute. California is suffering from an epic drought, and we have tapped our streams and rivers to the bone.
Our waters are more than a resource, they are our veins. They are where we go in summer with our children, and they give us the memory of summer when we grow old, where we fish and boat and raft and swim. “We never know the worth of water,” said Thomas Fuller in the 18th century, “till the well is dry.”
By The Numbers
74% of U.S. adults saild "the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment"
73% of registered voters believe that climate change is happening
36% of eligible voters voted in the 2014 midterm elections
22% of 18 to 29-year-olds voted in the 2012 presidential elections