About Lead Locally

We’re winning locally to stop big fossil fuel projects & elect Green New Deal champions.

We need leaders at every level of office willing to fight back against the fossil fuel industry to keep fossil fuels in the ground and protect our climate.

That’s why we’re electing community leaders across the country to state and local office who pledge to fight back against fossil fuel projects and for a just green economy.

Heading in to the 2020 election, America faces crises at every turn. As the pandemic has laid bare the inadequacy of our healthcare system and killed hundreds of thousands, the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a spotlight on the violence that societal and political racism continue to enact on black people in this country. In the background, climate change continues to threaten our very existence, and each year the most impacted communities among us feel its effects more and more. 

We need to elect community leaders who understand the scale of the climate crisis and are willing to take a principled stand against the fossil fuel industry. The science has made it clear: if we don’t transition off fossil fuels fast, we face increasingly devastating consequences like severe weather, rising seas, and unbearable heat felt hardest by those who’ve done the least to cause this problem. Nevertheless, the fossil fuel industry and paid-off politicians plan to extract more than double the coal, oil and natural gas needed to blow past the level of carbon emissions scientists agree we need to stay below to maintain a livable planet.

Achieving a just transition from fossil fuels starts at the local level. Climate change has been framed for years as exclusively decided by the presidency – but some of the most important fights for a just transition happen in our state and city governments. By electing climate champions to city councils, county commissions, and state houses – we can block permitting for new pipelines, ban fracking across states, or win majorities that can pass massive green jobs bills. But too often local races are understaffed and underfunded – and that’s where you can help.

We have a plan to support down ballot climate champions by:

  1. Getting out the vote for key races across the country in partnership with local progressive groups. We’re running national volunteer events to call, text, and postcard voters in their districts to get them excited about the candidate and reminded to get their ballot in.
  2. Registering voters through volunteer-run phone and text banks that connect constituents to the resources they need to be able to vote this year. Between the pandemic and the right’s ever escalating voter suppression, it’s crucial we inform voters early and often about registration.
  3. Raising money for our list of down ballot candidates. We’re getting the word to grassroots donors across the country about the need to support local races that can help swing the tide of climate action in this country – and getting these candidates needed resources that can mean victory for the kinds of small district races we focus on.

We need your support for this election TODAY to elect climate champs this November. Please donate or sign up to take action today.