We are all told to vote, and this is something that we are regularly lectured about by politicians and by our friends and family. Regularly we are informed that if we don’t vote then we can’t complain if we don’t like the way things turn out (which seems fair enough) and often we are told that not voting can allow for potentially dangerous extremist parties to get into power. While these are all important considerations, what you perhaps weren’t aware of is the fact that voting is also a very important part of truly going green and of helping to save the planet.
The reason for this is that all good political parties should have some kind of view on the environment and what we should be doing to protect it. Every political party and candidate really needs to have an policy on going green, and this will have a huge impact on the environment if they get into power. As people who are interested in going green it is our responsibility to listen to these plans and then to vote accordingly.
You might be wondering though what a party of polician in power can do for the planet and going green. In fact there are countless different things they can do. For instance a party can decide that the country uses too much personal transport creating fuel emissions and can limit that with new taxes on fuel or with incentives to change to hybrids and electric vehicles. Likewise they can pump resources into funding projects aimed at going green – such as alternative energy sources, conservation or bio-engineering of crops.
Some of these ideas about going green are going to be controversial – for instance if money is spent on researching alternative energy then that’s money that won’t be going into other things like health care or benefits. Likewise a tax on cars would not go down well with many groups when transport is already so heavily taxed. Some of the ideas that are good for going green you might not even agree with for these reasons seeing the measures as too extreme or at coming at too great a cost. Other parties or politicians it might seem have a great policy concerning the environment put perhaps don’t have much of a policy regarding anything else and this can be the case with those specifically geared towards going green.
Thus, helping your country to go green by voting is not an easy matter, however those who are interesting in helping their planet to go green have a responsibility to look into the policies of their parties and politicians and to judge appropriately for themselves.