To harness the incredible energy of climate activists since the election, a coalition of environmental and women’s groups will offer a free training to pro-environment women who want to run for office on April 30, the day after the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.
Using 2006-2015 data from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Environmental Scorecard, Rachel’s Network found that women federal legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate.
Presidential headaches aside, we’re optimistic about this election year. 2016 is looking greener, younger, and more diverse — and that is a good thing. We couldn’t be more excited about Rachel’s Action Network endorsed candidates. They will bring fresh solutions and perspectives to the many pressing issues we face when they win in November. Remember the budget showdown two years ago, it was the women in the Senate who broke the impasse. When women lead, our families win and the environment wins.
Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and CEO of the Environmental Voter Project spoke with Rachel’s Action Network members on April 12 about voter trends and what groups are doing to give environmental issues greater political prominence. Nathaniel shared polling research that shows the environmental movement doesn’t have a “persuasion” problem; instead, there is a “turnout” problem. The lack of voter demand for environmental leadership is detrimental. Even when environmental champions are elected, they are less compelled to spend political capital on the environment without broad public support.
On March 16, Rachel’s Action Network Members gathered at the Stewart Mott House in Washington, DC to hear from Senator Patty Murray of Washington State at a breakfast celebrating the accomplishments of the women of Congress.
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