“Well, I do what I can,” Skip nodded. “As you know, I’m all about local healthy foods, clean water and soil preservation. There’s so much good work to be done. Thanks for noticing.”
Cass stayed to help Skip pack up. “You’re so busy; let me know if I can give you a lift to the polls on the 8th,” she offered.” Skip gave Cass a funny look. “Er… thanks,” he replied, “but I’m probably busy that day. Does it make any difference anyway? I haven’t been bothering to vote lately,” Skip D. Polls admitted.
“Oh!” Cass said, a bit startled. “You’re one of the 12 million I read about.* I was surprised to learn that in the 2018 mid-term elections there were 12 million dedicated environmentalists like you, who didn’t vote. They all had their reasons. But the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) points out that many elections, especially in so-called swing states like Wisconsin, are decided by just a percentage point or two, a few thousand votes. EVP suggests that the single most powerful thing environmentally-conscious folks can do is to vote because the thing politicians care about most is winning elections. If they know the folks who regularly vote care about environmental issues, they’ll pay attention.” Cass DaBallut concluded.
“Whoa! You mean my vote could be one of the few thousand that flips an election one way or another? I guess I never realized I had that much influence. It’s certainly worth it for me to miss an environmental rally or meeting to take the time to vote,” Skip agreed. “But I’m not sure I’m even registered.”
“Easy enough,” Cass advised. “Just go to myvote.wi.gov. You’ll find out all you need to know. Because you know what Mom Earth would say – ‘I’m counting on YOU, and so are the generations to come.’”
“You’re right. I’ll take that ride after all,” Skip smiled, “because this is our only home. It’s where we’re all forever …Earthbound.”