We must elect leaders who care about the environment. They craft and implement laws that can make a difference. If we put leaders who don’t even believe in climate change in office, it can be a disaster. Instead of taking steps forward, we’re heading in the wrong direction. If you care about the future, you must organize a campaign to help elect the right leaders. Here are some tips to consider.
Get to know the candidates
Start by knowing the candidates and what they stand for. You can’t see each other eye to eye on all issues, but you should know their plans on protecting the environment. You can’t campaign for someone who doesn’t see the urgency in solving environmental problems. If you are yet to find the right person, try to recruit an electable candidate. It’s more challenging to start from scratch, but it’s also worth doing.
Find people who share your views
You’re not the only person who sees the urgency in solving environmental problems. Other people see the problem too. So try to recruit more people to join you in organizing. If more people campaign for the right candidate, there’s a strong chance of winning. You can also explain what the candidate stands for. Finally, make sure everyone understands why this person is running and the changes if given a chance to lead. For instance, you can talk about how copper recycling and other forms of recycling will become a mainstream idea. It can even turn into an advocacy that a lot will follow.
Knock from door to door
Retail politics remains relevant, especially for local campaigns. Try your best to go from one place to another to campaign for your candidate. It’s the most effective way to reach out to the target voters. While big rallies also help, nothing beats household campaigns. It’s more intimate and can lead to a change of mind.
Try to raise funds
Grassroots campaigns are more effective since funds come from ordinary people. They believe in the campaign enough for them to decide to donate money. Don’t rely on corporate funds to power the candidacy. The problem with this strategy is the potential return of the favor. These companies might have operations that can damage the environment. Since the elected official owes the business, nothing will happen. It will be business as usual.
Hold the candidate to account
You try your best to guarantee victory after months of campaigning. However, winning the election is only the beginning. Make sure you hold the official into account after taking office. Remember that people change with power. The candidates you helped elect might not be the same person anymore after winning. You can’t let it happen. You worked hard to protect the environment, and you believe that choosing the right leader is the key.
Hopefully, you succeed in your endeavor, and everyone will choose the right person to hold power. It doesn’t matter what the position is. As long as the office can change reality, it’s worth pursuing.