GOP-packed Supreme Court cripples the EPA to stop it regulating oil polluting tycoons funding Republicans.
Follow the money. Oil tycoons fund the GOP to pack the Supreme Court with justices. They cripple the EPA so tycoons can pollute even more. Republicans rewarded with more donations. The public suffers from pollution, wildfires and droughts from the Global warming caused by pollution.
How do you make a rigged system easier to understand? Personalize the explanation and make it easy to share? Show people how to fix a crooked system?
Use maps. Everyone is curious about the situation where they live and how an issue will impact them personally. Keep the explanation simple. Use images and a call to action. See how this map, for instance shows:
- Real-time updates on air pollution, wildfire and droughts
- Senators who represent that area along and how to contact them
- Candidates running for office that will protect the environment
- How to register to vote and get a valid Voter ID
How the GOP packed Supreme Court just made your life worse
Keep it simple
This map is simple but packs a lot of information. The map is designed with ArcGIS Online and uses real-time data. This means that the map changes continuously as weather conditions change.
- Air quality from OpenAQ a non-profit that fights air inequality through open data and community. It empowers communities around the globe to clean their air by harmonizing, sharing, and using open air quality data.
- Wildfire points are sourced from Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) and perimeters from National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
- Drought data from the U.S. Drought Monitor and the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Make it vivid
An animated image (GIF) in the map provides context and grabs the reader's attention. The GIF was created with the free iMovie app using cartoons from Cagle Cartoons. The cartoons are first loaded into iMovie and then converted into a GIF.
Use cartoons to illustrate your message. They work across language, age group and education level. Find out here how progressive groups can get a free license to the Political Cartoons library with thousands of cartoons.
What the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling means for air pollution — and your health
"Climate action is the main victim, but fossil fuel power plants emit more than just CO2. They also emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter. Conventional air pollution has damaging effects on health, life expectancy, cognition, productivity, and infant mortality. It’s a risk factor for heart disease, cancer, respiratory infections, and other major causes of death. Even small increases in air pollution lead to negative health consequences." - VOX
How Charles Koch purchased the Supreme Court's EPA decision
"Decades of contributions aimed at influencing the judiciary bought the fossil fuel billionaire the ruling he’s always wanted... Koch-funded groups were among the first climate denialists, flatly lying about the well-documented planetary trend of global warming and then schooling lawmakers on the alternate reality they had crafted. Koch also pioneered the attack on Republicans from the right, pushing the party into its current extremism.
Americans for Prosperity, an astroturf political group founded by Charles Koch and his brother David, conducted extraordinary campaigns to put all three judges on the highest bench. To support Kavanaugh’s nomination, the group reached out to more than 1.2 million Americans through mail, phone calls, and knocking on doors, according to a flyer released by the organization. The group also pushed hard for Barrett, whose father worked for Shell and the American Petroleum Institute, a powerful trade group for the oil and gas industry. And it campaigned for Gorsuch, whose mother presided — disastrously — over the EPA under President Ronald Reagan. Charles Koch is also closely connected to Leonard Leo, co-chair of the Federalist Society, a conservative organization Koch has supported directly and through his family foundation.
The challengers are 27 Republican attorneys general, who were supported by the Koch-funded Republican Attorneys General Association. Four Koch-funded entities have filed amicus briefs in the case: the Cato Institute, which was co-founded by Charles Koch; the Competitive Enterprise Institute; the New Civil Liberties Alliance; and Americans for Prosperity." - Intercept
TakeAway: Use maps to make it easier for people to see why voting matters and how to fix a rigged system.
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