VoteClimate: Maximise Your Vote To Save The Planet

Maximise your vote to save the planet.

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Do you want the government to take real action on climate change?

There is hope. By voting together as a block we can make that happen.

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3 Simple Steps

1. You Join VoteClimate

2. We tell you at the general election the strongest vote for climate in your seat

3. We take our membership numbers to the parties ahead of the general election so they commit to ambitious action on climate, to win more votes and seats

What You Need To Do

Tell us which constituency you're in

Agree to be contacted before the general election

Switch your vote to a party with a better climate policy

Like/follow VoteClimate on social media

Recruit 2 friends to join us

This should be easy and has massive potential.

How It Works

Before the general election, based on expert analysis, we will rank the political parties' manifestos according to which, if fully implemented over 5 years, will lead to the greatest long-term reduction in UK climate emissions. We will then tell members which party to vote for to have the strongest influence on the climate policies of the next government.

The members agree to vote based on those recommendations. The parties with the best climate policies will win more seats. All parties receive a strong signal about the importance of good climate policies.

As the general election approaches, we will tell the political parties how many votes and seats they can hope to gain if they have the best climate policies.

Together we show the political parties that manifesto commitments on climate will earn them more votes and more seats.

Why It Will Work

  • It's the easiest way to fight climate change: just a few minutes to sign up and to vote
  • Suppose we recruit one million members: that's an average of over 1,500 members in each constituency.
  • At the 2019 election there were 46 seats with majorities lower than that. See our Electoral Analysis.
  • That's enough seats to swing the election.

Frequently Asked Questions

To empower as many climate voters as possible to achieve the maximum influence on future government climate policy, VoteClimate members can commit to either of the following two recommendations.

1. VoteClimate will tell its members which party that can win in their seat has the best manifesto commitments for action on climate.

2. For members who sign up to switch away from the two main parties, in seats where a party with better climate policies has a chance of winning, VoteClimate will recommend all members unite behind that party. Where a party with better climate policies cannot win, VoteClimate will recommend the party with the strongest climate policy, typically the Green Party or Climate Party.

For more details see How VoteClimate Works In Different Types Of Seat

What the mainstream parties are currently promising on climate is far, far short of what is required. The first step is to force them to at least pledge to do more, a lot more. There seems very little chance they'll take action unless they've promised to.

Even if one party cynically promises a strong climate manifesto with no intention of implementing it, that incentivises the other parties to improve their manifestos, as they compete for the VoteClimate voters.

And remember: there are many at all levels within the mainstream parties who support strong action on climate. By joining VoteClimate we give them greater influence over their party's climate policies.

Time is running out for the planet so we're asking you to think the unthinkable! The most powerful way to persuade your preferred party to improve their climate policies is to threaten to switch to a party that could beat them. Even if you're a loyal party member, don't let your vote be taken for granted.

If VoteClimate members are willing to vote for any party, that gives us the maximum influence on party manifestos at the general election.

Our recommendation will include two options: the party with the best climate policy that could win in your seat; plus the minor party with the strongest climate policy.

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable - the art of the next best, according to Otto von Bismarck(!).

The goal of political parties is to win seats in parliament. If we all vote Green, the mainstream political parties have no incentive to offer ambitious climate policies unless they think the Green party will win seats from them. By voting in each particular seat for the party with the best climate policy that could win in your seat or for the minor party with the strongest climate policy, we incentivise the larger parties to promise to do more on climate.

In the seats where the Green party can win, we will recommend to vote for them. The more people you can persuade to join VoteClimate, the more seats in which we'll be able to recommend a Green vote. See: VoteClimate In Green Party Target Seats 2024

For members who wish to switch away from the two main parties, in many seats VoteClimate will recommend that the Green Party is the strongest vote for climate in their constituency, particularly in very safe seats.

At local elections we ask all members to vote Green to show how much support VoteClimate has, which strengthens our negotiating position before the general election.

Once we know how many people are going to vote climate in each constituency, we can work out which parties can possibly win in that constituency if we all vote as a block. Of the parties that can win with our votes, we can swing behind the one promising the greatest action on climate. We can achieve so much more working together than we can as individuals.

Every extra signed-up VoteClimate member gives us a little bit more influence over party manifestos at the general election.

See "Why do I need to become a member of VoteClimate?" above.

Two weeks before the general election we will obtain the predicted results in each seat. Any party, which could win the seat if all VoteClimate members in that constituency voted for them, will be considered.

In most seats, unless it's a 3-way marginal, we will recommend one of the top two candidates: the party with the best climate policies.

1. If the predicted majority in a seat is more than twice the number of VoteClimate members in that seat, we will recommend a vote for whichever of the top two parties in that seat has the best climate policy. We will show that VoteClimate has an effect and we don't need to swing the vote in every seat.

2. For members who sign up to switch away from the two main parties, we will recommend they vote for greener parties in seats where we have insufficient numbers to influence the winner. We will show that VoteClimate has an effect and we don't need to change the result in every seat.

3. The polls are predicting a big swing from Conservative to Labour. VoteClimate can have a big impact in many seats that are not as safe as they might appear.

4. The Boundary Commissions have updated the constituencies for the general election. Our Electoral Analysis shows the predicted outcome in each new seat. Join VoteClimate to find out whether you end up in a marginal seat, where we have the most power.

5. The more people who join VoteClimate, wherever they are in the country, the more seriously the parties and the media have to take us - and the easier it will be to get funding to enhance that influence.

Good news: this idea works equally well to pressurise and incentivise parties standing in the UK general election outside England. We will evaluate their climate policies in the same way and recommend who to vote for on the same basis.

Maybe. But VoteClimate is about the art of the possible. By voting as a block we have the power to turn the first-past-the-post system on its head and use it to bring desperately needed change.

Our mission is to ensure that whichever party wins the election, they have made significant commitments to tackle climate change. So our recommendation of who to vote for has to be based on national manifestos.

By joining VoteClimate, we maximise the influence of those within the mainstream parties who are serious about climate.

To lobby your prospective next MP, please Join VoteClimate and upload a Commitment. A Commitment is a message which we can take to your local politicians to underline your commitment to vote only for candidates themselves committing to real action on the climate and nature emergency.

This will prove to the political parties that we really do have a large number of members who will vote climate as a block.

Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages.

VoteClimate supports all policies that significantly reduce climate emissions. There is no shortage of policy suggestions from the UK government's Climate Change Committee which political parties should promise in their manifestos.

Global destruction of the natural world is a monstrous tragedy. But VoteClimate is not the Green Party. We're a single-issue movement focussed on stopping the single biggest threat to human life the world has ever seen.

It's likely that the political parties with the best climate policies will also have the best overall environmental policies.

Most VoteClimate members sign up to switch away from both main parties. The main parties ignore us at their peril, as they need every vote they can get in marginal seats. See How VoteClimate Works In Different Types Of Seat.

We each have a responsibility to recruit as many members as possible, to ensure that no political party can afford to ignore us.

Our mission is to change national policies to tackle climate change. In local elections we will urge all members to vote for the Green Party, to demonstrate to the mainstream parties the size of our membership and our motivation to vote.

No. VoteClimate is independent of all political parties.

In Conservative and Labour safe seats VoteClimate is likely to recommend the Climate Party, if they're standing, to members who wish to switch away from the two main parties.

No. Greenpeace are not planning to tell people which party to vote for. VoteClimate believes we have maximum influence on manifestos if people agree to follow our voting recommendations. But we love Project Climate Vote and urge you to support it.

We promise never to share your personal data. We will ask for the minimum possible data. Under GDPR we have to explain what we'll do with your data, and it's an offence to do anything with your data that you haven't agreed to.

When we take our membership list to the political parties before the general election, we will release our members' postal district (eg AB1) and what parliamentary constituency they're in. We keep your name and postcode private.

The VoteClimate tech is managed by an IT professional with 25 years experience as a data protection officer (DPO) charged with keeping personal data secure.

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