This wiki is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 project. Information comes from automatic research of public voting records and research by crowdsourcers and the wiki team. We intend for the information on its pages to be substantive, factual, objective, and fully sourced. As crowdsourcers review articles and consider adding information, please be aware that links to partisan ratings and analyses are permitted at Wikipedia but not here.
What if you knew what current and aspiring Senators and Representatives think, say, and do about climate change?
We're taking steps toward that goal
The ClimatePolitics ClimateCongress wiki is a an intense effort to add to an independent wiki, and eventually to Wikipedia, easily accessible, comprehensive, nonpartisan information on climate positions and actions of each U.S. Congressional incumbent and challenger. Citizens and voters will gain a tool to encourage a greater focus on climate change in elections and afterwards.
Our 501(c)3 project can equip voters to ask their candidates, "Where do you stand on climate?"
We research candidates by asking three questions:
- What are the individual's views on whether climate change is real and caused by human activity?
- What votes, actions, and governmental/organizational activities on climate change and clean energy has the individual led/supported/opposed?
- What has the individual said about local and regional climate-related impacts and activities?
Current status of ClimateCongress
Fifty days after starting to research and design, we launched on October 6, 2016, a month and a day before Election Day. We began with basic information for over 900 individual Senate and House incumbents and 2016 candidates. We added extensive profile information (answers to the three questions above and Draft summaries to move to Wikipedia) for all 34 Senate seats. Plus, so far, 95 House seats. An easy way to see what information is already here is to click on Researched articles on the left sidebar. Our information went out to local groups around the country; we got endorsements from climate leaders Bill McKibben and Michael Brune.
See The ClimateCongress Wikipedia Project: The next Congress & then 2018’'’ at Medium, written a day before Election Day, for future directions.
So far, we've added our summary info to a few Senate profiles at Wikipedia, and are waiting to do more until we can do it with participation from at least a few "Wikimedians" so it’s done a in a way that satisfies that community’s standards. If you're a Wikimedian who cares about climate, can you help?
UPDATED JANUARY 7: We added clickable links at the Researched Articles page to all the 34 Senate races decided in 2016, and to 95 House seats with filled-in research, identifying winners in bold. When we have additional resources and more crowdsourcers, we will update the listings to reflect the makeup of 115th Congress, adding Senators up for election in 2018 and 2020, and add historical date on past votes. We will improve our initial search results display features. Visitors will be able to see at a glance which profiles include Draft summaries. Please have patience as we improve the site and it work better on mobile devices.
EXPANSION MARCH 2017: We're adding a new focus on state officials, under a broader umbrella, ClimatePolitics.info, starting with articles on members of the California Senate and Assembly. See the links at the top of the left sidebar. We're recruiting organizational partners, sponsors, and crowdsourcers to research officials. We're thinking big: we hope to expand to other states, and we want to cover more local officials and regulatory boards.
As we hear from you via social media and email, and in comments or questions at the Discussion tab of the Crowdsourcer help landing page, we'll explore other capabilities. Now it's time to use the power of crowdsourcing to add more research, spread the word, and help citizens and voters use this tool. Thanks for your support!
How you can help
This wiki at ClimateCongress.info is the place where the information is researched and hosted. To see what we have or start to contribute research, see the links on the top of the navigation bar. You can find more about the project and our team at ClimatePolitics.org. To learn more, get the word out on social media, or join our team, see the lower set of links below on the navigation bar.
We invite you to contribute to our research and help migrate summaries of that research to existing articles about Senate and House incumbents and challengers at Wikipedia. We're looking especially for volunteers, including people with substantial experience as Wikimedians, editing, and helping others become active members of that community. To get started, look at the links to Researched members of Congress, or take a look at our Crowdsourcer help pages. And please tell your friends and colleagues what we're doing.
We hope you can contribute to the project. Thank you in advance for all you do for a healthy planet.
The ClimatePolitics Team