As residents of Massachusetts, we enjoy a wealth of natural resources from the majesty of the Berkshire Mountains to the serenity of Cape Cod. Our natural world provides our livelihood, our recreation, and a sense of who we are. We have always been strong supporters of clean air, clean water, and open space.
But it is changing.
Our roads are choked with traffic for miles beyond Boston. Farmland in Western Massachusetts is being gobbled up by development. Air pollution harms the health of our children, and mercury pollution threatens our wildlife and our health.
We need leaders.
Massachusetts has a long tradition of being a leader on environmental issues. Some of the nation's oldest and strongest environmental laws and programs were passed here. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth is no longer keeping pace with its neighbors on environmental protection. Year after year good environmental bills languish in the state house. We need strong political leaders that will make the environment and our health a priority and reinvigorate the process.
We hold legislators accountable for their votes on environmental issues. The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters tracks the voting records of legislators, so their constituents know where they stand on key environmental issues. The scorecard is a tool that you can use to distinguish between those legislators who vote to protect our quality of life and those who offer empty promises.
We work to educate voters about important environmental issues, so they can make their voices heard with legislators. We let voters know about the environmental voting scores of their elected officials so they can make informed decisions at the ballot box. Additionally, we educate voters about the candidates that we have endorsed and those that don’t make the grade on the environment.
Electing Environmental Leaders
The political process is essential to protecting our environment and health. Who we choose to represent us in elected office can make all the difference for the health of our environment. That’s why we work to elect leaders who will protect our health, open spaces, and quality of life.
"Democracy only works when people communicate their views and concerns to elected officials and candidates. MLEV will make sure the environment is well represented on Beacon Hill" -- James Gomes, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
"MLEV is vital to making our environmental community more politically savvy. We as legislators need to be held accountable and to be recognized for how we vote on environmental issues."-- Senator Pamela Resor (D-Acton)
"The League has made an enormous difference to me at the ballot box and on the House floor. Without MLEV's candidate and issue support, the state's environmental agenda is but a distant dream. With it, it can become law." -- Representative Jay R. Kaufman (D- Lexington)