Why do we ask our volunteers to be registered to vote?
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those others that have been tried.”
~ Winston Churchill
However imperfect (and it is imperfect), in the UK we have a democratic system of elected representatives both at a local (local council) and national (House of Commons: “The Government”) level.
In Cooler we work on climate change and in doing so are taking very direct responsibility for our economy, our planet, and our way of life.
Part of that responsibility is making informed decisions about the people whose views best represent us, as elected representatives, and acting on those decisions by voting in local and national elections.
At a time of disenchantment with politics and criticism of politicians in the mainstream media, there is a superficial view that “there’s no point in voting” “all politicians are the same” etc etc…
We politely disagree.
We feel we all have a responsibility to exercise our right to a vote, a right hard-won by previous generations, and a right denied to many people worldwide.
We feel we have a responsibility to exercise a say in who represents us. Its hard to criticise any political decision or policy if you actively ignored the opportunity to help to choose the person who is making it.
We encourage political understanding, debate and engagement, particularly amongst young people, and in order to do this, we ask all our eligible volunteers to confirm that they are registered to vote on the electoral roll, and encourage them to understand and exercise that understanding at every opportunity.
(It’s easy to register to vote, and it’s free. You can do so by clicking here.)