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Cast a Vote for the Environment this Election Day


Every election season usually brings plenty of discussion about the environment (we hope), and usually a few environmental ballot measures as well. This election highlights some new proposals that, if passed, we hope could become common practices throughout the nation.

California’s Prop 67: Plastic Bag Ban

In 2014, California passed a law to phase out single-use plastic bags, but plastic bag companies are trying to overturn this law. Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags. These bags are difficult to recycle and often pollute waterways, fill up landfills and harm wildlife. Plastic bags are also harmful to humans since the chemicals found in plastic leach into our soil and water. Spread the word with hashtag #YesOn67 and vote YES on Prop 67 to protect California’s plastic bag ban.

Oregon’s Measure 99: Outdoor School

The proposed outdoor school lottery fund initiative creates a pathway for all Oregon students to attend a week-long outdoor education program by separating out specific funds from the Oregon State lottery system. A yes vote on Measure 99 would help students develop critical skills in leadership, scientific study and environmental policy.

Outside California or Oregon?

You can still vote for the environment! Support candidates whose platforms:

  • Vote for renewable, clean energy sources, policies and incentives.
  • Stand up to oil companies who put local communities and waterways at risk.
  • Dismiss the fossil fuel industry and enforce policies that defend the public’s right to clean air.
  • Support public land and stand against the transfer of public land to state-owned or private entities.

For more information and a comprehensive guide to the issues in the upcoming election, visit Patagonia’s #voteourplanet page.  Here you’ll find guides and resources by issue and state. Their mission is to keep voters informed on the current issues impacting our environment and country.