Should third-party voters vote in the Democratic primaries?

On February 3, the Iowa caucuses will mark the official start of the 2020 election. While there are technically candidates running against Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, the most contentious race of this primary season will surely be the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.

A large number of Democratic presidential candidates have declared their candidacy to date. As of January 6, 2020, fourteen of these candidates are still in the race. Who will ultimately win the Democratic presidential nomination?

Of course, electoral politics isn’t the only way or best way to create social change. Grassroots organizing at the local and regional level empowers people to create change for themselves, inside and outside of existing systems, rather than waiting for politicians to create change from above. But most grassroots strategies for social change contain at least some electoral component, even if that only involves voting and contacting elected officials about issues rather than campaigning for particular candidates. Therefore, if we’re voting as part of a strategy to change our society for the better, it’s important to talk about who we’re voting for and why.

For months now, I’ve had a serious question on my mind about the Democratic presidential primaries. So far, I haven’t seen anyone else discuss it at length. Therefore, in an effort to clarify my own thoughts and spark meaningful discussion, I’ve decided to pose this question to my readers.

Should “progressive” third-party voters, and other “progressive” people who don’t usually vote for Democrats, vote in the Democratic presidential primaries? Read more ›

Posted in Climate, Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, Global Warming, Green Party, Politics, Voting

Climate Warning Label

I’ve created a warning label that you can add to fossil fuel posts on social media. Comment on posts with this label plus any extra text you like. It would also make a good sticker, flyer, or poster to use in response to fossil fuel content you encounter out in analog reality.

This warning label is inspired by ClientEarth’s campaign to mandate similar labels for BP ads. Feel free to use it for other companies too. Everything sold or published by fossil fuel companies should have a climate warning label.

The warning text was taken directly from a Grist article about ClientEarth’s #TheWholeTruth campaign:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that emissions from fossil fuels are the dominant cause of global warming,. The IPCC warns that fossil fuel emissions must be halved within 11 years if global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C. Warming above 1.5°C risks further sea level rise, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and species extinction, as well as food scarcity, worsening health and poverty for millions of people worldwide.

Feel free to take this label and use it wherever you see fossil fuel products or content.

Do you have any suggestions for changes? Let me know. If you create modified versions of this image/concept, let me know that too! I’d love to see what you come up with.

Posted in Climate, Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, Global Warming, Politics

Carbondale Dealership Taking Reservations For All-Electric Vehicles

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-EVogler Ford, a new and used Ford Lincoln dealer located in Carbondale, Illinois, may soon be the first car dealership in Southern Illinois to sell all-electric vehicles. Read more ›

Posted in Electric Cars, IL, Southern Illinois

Climate Cover Challenge

I’ve decided to launch a Climate Cover Challenge! The rules are simple. Take a popular song and make it about the climate crisis. Bonus points if you post a video or full set of lyrics. Hashtag: #ClimateCoverChallenge.#ClimateCoverChallenge

To get the ball rolling, I’ve written a climate cover/parody of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” called “I Want Climate Justice For You.” I’ll share the lyrics in a separate post. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing what climate covers everyone else comes up with. Let’s break the climate silence by writing ridiculous climate covers of pop music and getting them stuck in everyone’s heads!

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My name is Treesong. I'm a father, author, talk radio host, and Real Life Superhero. I live in Carbondale, Southern Illinois. I write novels, short stories, and poetry, mostly about the climate.

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