A Teen-Powered Get Out the Vote Campaign

Our collective future depends on electing leaders up and down the ballot who are committed to taking bold action on climate change that is informed by science and centered on justice. Extreme weather events, melting polar regions, sea level rise, drowning coasts, biodiversity loss… Our blue planet is in crisis, and 2020 is a critical election year for the U.S. to turn the tide on the climate emergency.
A Platform for Youth Voices Led by Teens From Around the Country

Young people will face the worst impacts of climate change. But even though they can’t yet vote, youth can shift the hearts and minds of those who can. By raising our voices together, we can build a healthier and safer future for our families, friends, and communities, and for our blue planet.

“Voteless” youth (ages 13-17) from the U.S. are sharing their stories through short videos and written statements about environmental issues that impact them. We want to hear your visions, too: If you could vote, what future would you vote for?

The goal is to share and amplify these stories across social networks, inspiring voters to cast their ballots for healthy environments, for resilient communities, and for a climate-safe future for all. Join the movement and invite your friends. Let’s speak out together!

Share Your Story
Mobilizing for Our Climate

Just as a wave is made up of many drops of water, movements for change emerge from individuals and organizations coming together through collective imagination and action. Which is why, for each youth story received, we will donate $10 to Our Climate (up to $2,020), to support their voter mobilization campaign and ongoing mission to empower young people to advocate for science-based and equitable policy through creative civic engagement. Together, we are stronger and more effective.

Welcome from Campaign Ambassadors

Hear Youth Stories

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Ashley P., 16, New Jersey

“The voice of the youth has the power to gather strength, spark change, and empower others.”

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Demetri S., 16, Florida

“If government leaders don’t soon take action to fight climate change, it won’t be long until the city that we love is underwater.”

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Schuyler J., 17, California

“I’m calling on voters to elect politicians that will support a green economy.”

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Share Your Story

Ready to use your voice to speak out for our blue planet? Share your story through a short video or written statement about the environmental issues that impact you, and express why it’s important to vote for climate leaders in 2020.
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Resources for Voteless Youth*

Once you’ve shared your story with us, continue to take action by mobilizing your family, friends, and community members to make climate a priority for voters in 2020.

SHARE THE CAMPAIGN
  1. Follow @votelessnotvoiceless on Instagram!
  2. Share your story on social media with the hashtag #VotelessNotVoiceless to inspire others throughout the country. See sample posts in the Raise Your Voice Toolkit.
  3. Watch videos and read statements from our national network of voteless youth; on Instagram, comment on and uplift the stories that inspire you.
  4. Invite your friends and peers to participate! Get started with the Raise Your Voice Toolkit.

 

*We acknowledge that young people under the age of 18 are not the only “voteless” group in the U.S., and recognize the laws, policies, and systems that disenfranchise marginalized communities by presenting barriers to exercising their right to vote. While this campaign is centered on teen voices, those who are “voteless” due to citizenship status, felony convictions, or other barriers are NOT voiceless, and we encourage you to make your voice heard by taking action through the many ways to get involved listed below.

Other Ways to Get Involved
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Learn about the climate crisis

You don’t need to be a climate scientist to be able to talk about the issues, but we encourage you to learn more about the science and history of the climate crisis as well as the many movements, technologies, and solutions that already exist to solve it. Visit our Resource Studio for articles, videos, quizzes, and more.

LEARN MORE

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Pre-register to vote

Many states allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote so that they are ready to cast a ballot when they turn 18. Learn more about pre-registration in your state.

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Register others to vote

Even if you can’t vote yourself, you can help register and mobilize others. Learn how you can get involved in Our Climate’s voter registration efforts.

LEARN MORE

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Write letters

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Contact your school board and your local elected officials. Share stories about the ways climate change affects you personally, or highlight policies or actions that you want to see in your community. Check out our Raise Your Voice Toolkit to help you get started.

TOOLKIT

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Talk about climate change

Research suggests that what you hear from friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors influences your attitudes or beliefs about climate change. This interpersonal conversation not only raises awareness, but makes it more likely for people to get involved in the issue.

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Organize & build community

350.org founder Bill McKibben says: “The most effective thing you can do about climate as an individual is stop being an individual.” Find and join an environmental or climate justice group working for change where you live, and contribute your time, skills, or funds.

Already 18? Resources for Voters

  • Check your voter registration status. Make sure you’re registered to vote or update your information with this tool.
  • Pledge to Vote Climate. Amplify your voice to let elected officials know you have had ENOUGH! Use this tool from Our Climate to take the pledge.
  • Stay informed about changes to elections in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit this resource for state-specific information.
  • Make your voting plan. Are you voting by mail or in person? Do you know where your polling place is? How are you getting there? What’s on your ballot? Do you need to bring an ID? Get prepared with this checklist.
  • Identify climate champions. Do research on where candidates stand on environmental justice, conservation, and climate concerns. Has your candidate signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge? Search the web for “[your state] environmental scorecard” or get started with the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard.
  • Learn about the climate crisis. You don’t need to be a climate scientist to be able to talk about the issues, but we encourage you to learn more about the science and history of the climate crisis as well as the many movements, technologies, and solutions that already exist to solve it. Visit our Resource Studio for articles, videos, and more.
  • Talk about climate change. Research suggests that what you hear from friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors influences your attitudes or beliefs about climate change. This interpersonal conversation not only raises awareness, but makes it more likely for people to get involved in the issue.
SHARE THE CAMPAIGN
  1. Watch videos and read statements from our national network of voteless youth; share the stories that move and inspire you.
  2. Invite your voteless children, grandchildren, neighbors, or students to participate!
  3. Follow @votelessnotvoiceless on Instagram.

 

Allies & Collaborators

We believe in building partnerships to amplify our collective impact for people and planet. Please get in touch if you’re interested in collaborating or supporting the #VotelessNotVoiceless campaign!

Terms & Conditions | Voteless Not Voiceless is a non-partisan project of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we engage in activities that raise awareness of environmental issues that impact young people. We do not endorse, oppose, or campaign for specific candidates.