The Curious guide to voting in the European Elections
by Lucie Machin
Make your vote count for the environment
What's Going On Here?
Today voters across Britain (and the rest of the EU) are going to the polls in order to vote in the European elections. Whilst the ‘B****t’ word is dominating the debate here in the UK, how do you vote if you want to prioritise what really matters...fighting climate change and environmental destruction?
We’ve done some sleuthing to give y’all the low-down.
What Does This Mean?
European Elections take place every five years and represent one of the largest democratic elections in the world. In the U.K. there are 73 seats being contested (out of 751 seats in total), across 12 constituencies. There is a lot at stake this time, with climate change being one of the hot topics that voters care about.
In European Elections, we vote for parties, so the number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) is proportional to the number of votes a party gets (proportional representation). For this reason, smaller parties often tend to do better in European, rather than General, Elections. In other words, your vote is even more likely to count.
Source: Simple Politics Instagram
Why Should We Care?
The European Parliament has the power to approve, change or reject new European laws. So it’s important that we elect politicians who push for stronger environmental policies, such as the EU’s recent vote to ban single-use plastics by 2021.
If everyone in the world lived like an average EU resident, we would need 2.8 planets. The EU is also the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, yet has only committed to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030...
Engaging in politics and using your vote to push for stronger environmental policies is undoubtedly one of the biggest things you can do as an individual to help the environment. Whether or not the U.K. remains part of the EU is arguably irrelevant: the issues of climate change and the environment are not going anywhere.
The power is in your hands! Between 7am and 10pm, if you are registered to vote then DO head over to you local polling station and take part in the European Elections. We would say that following these instructions would be a good shout:
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