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Climate Revolution

Photographer: Portia Hunt

The last post of this series deals with the youth movement ‘Bite the Ballot’.
Bite the Ballot is a non-profit, party-neutral, youth democracy movement. Empowering young people to become active change makers and encouraging the young to vote. Through the use of technology, online content and grass root networking Bite the Ballot have over 10,000 young people engaged in systematic change. Bite the Ballot have 10 hubs over the UK to educate and teach young people through schools, local council and community groups about making the world a better place.
On the second from the left in the above photo is Kamal Morton-Di Leto, one of the ambassadors for Bite the Ballot. His job is to visit schools & colleges spreading the word & encouraging young people to vote.
On the 5th February this year Bite the Ballot orchestrated National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), kicking off proceedings with a projection of the campaign onto UK Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben). During the week on either side of this (2nd-8thFeb) 441,500 young people registered to vote.
Bite the Ballot
The core philosophy of Bite the Ballot is that if you don’t vote, then the government policy & decision makers will not represent you. If you want a say in your future then you need to take part in the democratic process.
‘You don’t vote so you cannot punish them…and decision makers will always let down the people who hold the least resistance – that’s you!’
‘It’s the lack of education – not ‘apathy’ – that’s the problem. The fact that many do not see the issues they care about as being ‘political’ – and that’s what we have to change’.
On their website voters can use a ‘voter advice tool’ called VERTO which enables a new voter, through answering a few questions to find out which political party most closely matches their own views.
Bite the Ballot is involved with us at Climate Revolution in helping to get young people to attend the Climate march on the 29th November…More to come on that.

Climate Revolution

Photographer: Portia Hunt

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