New Year’s Resolutions to Be a 2022 Climate Champion

New Year’s Resolutions to Be a 2022 Climate Champion

The beginning of a new year is a time for many people to make resolutions. At California Environmental Voters, climate action is on our mind. We’ve put together five New Year’s resolutions for being a climate champion in 2022:

1. Explore nature. Go to a state park, go for a hike, or just take a walk outside. Take advantage of the beauty of nature around us (and the exercise doesn’t hurt). Nature walks and other outdoor activities are especially great during the holiday season if you are looking for something healthy and screen-free to do with your family during downtime or to burn off some of those excess calories you gained from a holiday treat. Make it a point to visit all of the national, state, and regional parks in your vicinity. You won’t regret it.

2. Plan ahead for the election. 2022 is an election year. Fortunately, in California, all active registered voters now automatically receive vote-by-mail ballots. (If you don’t live in California, apply to vote by mail). If you’re not already, register to vote! If you are, double check your status and your mailing address. Then get to know who represents you. Because of redistricting, the district lines will change, but your city and county won’t. Attend a city council or school board meeting. Learn about all of the issues that affect you, your neighborhood, and everything you care about.

3. Vote for a climate champion. The midterm elections to decide control of the Senate and House of Representatives are in November 2022. In California, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for Senator Alex Padilla, who has emerged as a fierce climate champion. In addition to federal offices, the ballot in California will also include State Assembly and State Senate candidates, as well as candidates for local office and local ballot measures depending on where you live. We’ll be launching our 2022 Environmental Scorecard during the first quarter of 2022 to show you how your representatives voted on climate issues and whether they take oil money. Check out our previous scorecards. Stay on the lookout for that to help you decide whether to re-elect your legislators or find someone who better represents you.

4. Craft your 2022 booklist. Make a resolution to read more in 2022.

5. Support organizations you care about. It’s never not a good time to give back. Volunteer at or donate to nonprofits and groups you care about. Of course, we’re a little biased; California Environmental Voters is always looking for new members. We offer a number of ways to give, from joining the Eco Power Caucus to legacy giving to becoming a corporate partner.

Posted on December 21, 2021 in ECOVOTE BLOG.

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