Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

'Why Vote? It's Not Going to Make a Difference'—Yada Yada Yikes!

Energy

EcoWatch

By Paul E McGinniss

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed."
—Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Aug. 21, 1858,

It's the eve of another presidential debate. Some of you may be thinking, oh no, not another freaking debate. Put on The Walking Dead…rather watch the zombie apocalypse than hear any more politicians try to outtalk each other about the mess we are in.

I was at a dinner party this past weekend and one of the left-leaning guests remarked she was so sick of politics that she didn't even want to vote anymore. She said it didn't matter, since it wouldn't make a difference. Yada Yada Yikes!

I believe there has never been a more important time than right now to be engaged, sign petitions and advocate for your cause.

The Internet and social media provides the electorate with powerful tools with which to make a difference. Twitter and Facebook helped start a revolution in Egypt. Why would anyone think a Twitter-Facebook-driven revolution couldn't happen here?

Go to Avaaz, Change.org or 350.0rg and see what petitions they have going. Pick one close to your heart and express your support.

Sign EcoWatch's petition telling Congress to expedite renewable energy so we can transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future.

We the people are a force of change to be reckoned with. We have only just begun to band our email lists, Facebook and RebelMouse pages, blogs and other social networks together to make our combined voices heard.

Attention all you techno-obsessed online addicts who are feeling a bit depressed, disenfranchised or frustrated. Get with the program. Put a bite in your byte. Watch the debate tonight. Find something to believe in and put up a fight to make a wrong right.

--------

Paul E McGinniss is The New York Green Advocate. He is a green building consultant and real estate broker in New York. He is pretty much obsessed with all things environment and has lately become a resiliency addict.

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

A pangolin at a rescue center in Cambodia. Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay

By Malavika Vyawahare

China has banned the trade and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 2,700 lives and infected more than 81,000 people, most of them in China, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Read More
A man carries plastic shopping bags in Times Square on May 5, 2018 in New York City. Kena Betancur / VIEWpress / Corbis / Getty Images

Nearly one year after New York became the second state in the nation to pass a ban on grocery store plastic bags — the law is going into effect on Sunday.

Read More
Sponsored
White gold man-made diamond solitaire engagement ring. Clean Origin

While keeping track of the new trends in the diamond industry can be hard, it is still an essential task of any savvy consumer or industry observer. Whether you are looking to catch a deal on your next diamond purchase or researching the pros and cons of an investment within the diamond industry, keeping up with the trends is imperative.

Read More
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (C) chants with housing and environmental advocates before a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of her Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol Nov. 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday to chide Republicans for not reading the Green New Deal, which she introduced over one year ago, as The Hill reported. She then read the entire 14-page document into the congressional record.

Read More
Anti Ivan Duque's demonstrator is seen holding a placard with the photos of social leader Alirio Sánchez Sánchez and the indigenous Hector Janer Latín, both killed in Cauca, Colombia during a protest against Ivan Duque visit in London which included a meeting about fracking, environmental issues, the peace process implementation, and questioning the risk that social leaders in Colombia face. Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images / LightRocket / Getty Images

Colombia was the most dangerous nation in 2019 to be an environmental activist and experts suspect that conditions will only get worse.

Read More