Use Your Voice
In the midterm elections
Patagonia wants to be in business for a long time and a healthy planet is necessary for a healthy business. We want to act responsibly, live within our means, and leave behind a planet we would want to live in. We need leaders who are committed to this vision. That’s our stake in the midterm elections.
We face a great crisis: climate change, extinction, destruction of wild places. As Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former secretary of the Treasury, said in a New York Times Op-Ed:
For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do.
We’re making the same mistake today with climate change. We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked.
This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore… We can see the crash coming, and yet we’re sitting on our hands rather than altering course.
That’s why Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet.
Vote the Environment Design Project
We’ve teamed up with the Creative Action Network (CAN) and Canary Project to launch a crowd-sourced art campaign inviting artists and designers to create a collection of “Vote the Environment” designs that will be turned into buttons, stickers, prints and T-shirts. We know artists can create a sense of pride, urgency and can-do spirit for this movement. More information.
All submitted designs that meet the contribution requirements will be made available for sale as prints and other products to spread the message, support the artists, and support the cause. Forty percent of the profits will go directly to the artists, 30% to supporting the project, and 30% to HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.
Three special collection Patagonia T-Shirts will be offered for sale designed by artists: Natas Kaupas, Alex Trochut, and Eric Junker. Five dollars from the sale of each of these T-Shirts will go to HeadCount. See the collection.