We're at the winding down phase of the Conscious Shopper Challenge with only six more weeks to go. So far this year, we've looked at many personal changes we can make to live greener, more frugal lives. I believe that personal changes are extremely important, but for these last few weeks, I want to suggest a few things you can do beyond your front door. Here's this week's challenge:
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Did you vote in the last election? I hope so! Here's how you can complete this challenge:
- Vote in presidential elections.
- Vote for your senators, representatives, and state leaders.
- Participate in local elections.
Now, I'm going to fess up about something. Politics are not my thing. I'm not a fan of political discussions, I can't stand cheesy candidate commercials, and I'd prefer to go about my life without ever paying attention to what politician stands for what. Every year, I have to drag myself to the polls.
But I still do it. I vote because...
- I'm pretty darn lucky to live in a country where I get to vote. Even if I'm not 100% keen on any political party or candidate, I am 100% in favor of democracy.
- By voting, I teach my kids that voting is important.
- Although it may feel like my one vote doesn't matter, I've seen what happens when enough people decide not to care. (ahem...Wake school board)
- If I don't vote, I can't complain about the outcome, and I do love complaining.
Okay, I'm joking on that last one, but I am serious about this: You need to vote. It's important.