We the people are taking back our government
Democracy should be the best tool we have to protect the environment, but it has to work properly. Corporate influence in American politics is getting in the way of progress on everything from climate change to gun control. Now is the time for us to work together and build a democracy that works for everyone and represents everyone.
This past presidential election did not go well. The winner was selected by a minority of voters. And now he is stacking his cabinet with billionaires and business-people who only have their own interests at heart.
First and foremost, our democracy should represent the interests of the people — interests like a safe climate and healthy environment.
A democracy flooded by corporate money, attacks on voting rights, and gridlock limits the progress we can make on challenges that affect us all — including environmental protection.
A handful of huge corporations have joined forces to pass laws that will roll back the clock on the issues we care about most. It’s time to end their stronghold on our government.
Democracy for People and the Environment
Across the country, people are standing up and reclaiming democracy for the people. Here’s what we’re fighting for:
- A broad, diverse and inclusive democracy in which every voice counts
- An end to corporate money and influence in politics
- Free and fair access to the right to vote, a cornerstone of our democracy
People are already dealing with the devastating impacts of climate change, so it should be easy to pass laws that cut carbon pollution, propel renewable energy, and support vulnerable communities. Yet, we see politicians block reform on climate change on a regular basis and the reason why is simple — the fossil fuel industry is spending millions of dollars on politicians who will support their bottom line on Capitol Hill.
This hold on our democracy is blocking communities’ access to clean energy. It’s contributing to a growing gap between the rich and the poor and it’s making it harder for marginalized people to vote. It’s allowing companies to control what we eat and it’s hindering clean water protection in towns all over the country. It impacts everything from healthcare to education to gun control to worker’s rights to our environment.
This is an unprecedented attack on social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.
The people are outraged, but also full of hope. We are determined to fight for a clean democracy that hears all voices. We are ready to march on Capitol Hill, get on the phone with representatives, take to the streets in their communities, participate in creative protest, and build a new future together.
Here’s what Greenpeace is working with allies to achieve:
- Restoring voting rights through support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Voter Empowerment Act.
- A government comprised of elected officials who work for the people, not corporate donors.
- Reducing the influence of the fossil fuel industry on policy and elections.
Together, we can build a democracy that is truly of, by, and for the people.
A Movement for Everyone
This is not a movement that can be led by the few. We cannot make progress if we operate within a system that perpetuates inequality, injustice and exploitation — both of people and our planet.
We know we don’t have all the answers — but Greenpeace has a long history of standing up to corporate interests that harm the environment. Now we’re standing together with allies across the spectrum to rebuild our democracy as one of the best tools for protecting the environment.