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Primary elections are happening now and the presidential election is less than 10 months away. This is a particularly important time for us, as a sustainability community, to step up and help ensure that the environment is front and center in political discussions, locally and nationally. For that to happen, people that care about the environment need to show up at the polls and, well, many of them unfortunately don’t. The current administration’s abysmal track record in addressing climate change and protecting the environment magnifies that issue many times over.
To teach and also inspire how to fix this, we invited the expert on this topic back to BASG (Boston Area Sustainability Group) for an update and are super excited to hand the floor and mike to Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project (EVP).
According to the EVP, polls show that while tens of millions of Americans strongly prioritize progressive environmental policies, these people do not vote. It is fact that over 15 million individually identifiable environmentalists stayed at home on Election Day during recent nationwide elections.
Since Nathaniel presented at BASG three years ago, his team has been working hard right here in Massachusetts and across many other states to get more environmentalists to vote in every election.
Here's what you can expect from Nathaniel:
• A quick general refresher of EVP’s mission and work
• A data-driven explanation of why the environmental vote is key
• An updated view of environmental voters and non-voters
• Reminder of what is at stake in state and federal elections
• Perspectives why 2020 is especially critical for the next 10 years
• Thoughts on the chances of a green wave happening
Nathaniel is a data-driven, passionate, knowledgeable, impactful speaker, and has thankfully accepted the environmental vote as his calling. We are so lucky that he did.
Nathaniel founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Nathaniel is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Nathaniel holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters.
The Environmental Voter Project is a new, powerful concept that (1) uses big-data analytics to identify inactive environmentalists and then (2) applies cutting-edge behavioral science to turn them into more consistent voters. Using a new generation of Get-Out-The-Vote techniques, the EVP is dramatically increasing voter turnout while precisely measuring its impact.
EVP is a non-partisan nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or tell people how to vote. Their goal is much bigger: instead of trying to influence particular elections, EVP aims to fundamentally change the electorate so that policy makers respond accordingly. This steady, movement-building approach is using proven techniques to bring environmental voter turnout to a tipping point of overwhelming demand for progressive environmental policies.