Non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting our natural playgrounds, the Surfrider Foundation and Protect Our Winters, have partnered up with a campaign encouraged to help increase voter turnout in the 2012 election with the help of professional athletes, called “Drop In & Vote.” Their goal is to encourage the action sports communities to vote in the November 6th US election. Eleven professional athletes from the surf, snow and ski industries have taken the time to remind YOU to get out and vote!
“Climate change is affecting our oceans… and if you don’t vote, you can’t complain!” says professional surfer, Torrey Meister. Check out the videos below to see what Torrey Meister, Shea Lopez and Nick Rozsa have to say about your vote!
Executive Director for Protect Our Winters, Chris Steinkamp, describes the power that voters hold to decide the future of our environment:
“This is a critical election for the environment. It’s just so important that everyone who can vote, takes a few minutes to do it. We spend the entire year fighting for key environmental issues and this is our opportunity to be active participants to create the change we’re seeking. And we know that having pro athletes deliver that message can be really impactful.”
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org
Protect Our Winters is the environmental center point of the winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities. With over 40,000 supporters worldwide, POW re-invests contributions in educational initiatives, activism and supporting community-based initiatives that have tangible results. For more information, visit www.protectourwinters.org. For more environmental policies regarding the future of our mountains for skiers and snowboarders check out this article!
The best way to make your decision during the 2012 Presidential Election, is to stay informed! Check out this article here to help you understand the environmental policies of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
*In the state of California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day.