The California Climate 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 every current and aspiring Senator and Representative thinks, says, and does about climate change?
We're taking steps toward that goal
The ClimateCongress Wikipedia Project is an intense effort to add to Wikipedia, the global crowdsourced, community-moderated platform, 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 the ClimateCongress Wikipedia Project
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 already have extensive profile information (answers to the three questions above and Draft summaries to move to Wikipedia) for all 34 Senate seats. Plus, so far, 68 House seats. An easy way to see what information is already here is to click on Researched articles on the sidebar.
See The ClimateCongress Wikipedia Project: The next Congress & then 2018’'’ at Medium, written a day before Election Day, for where we’re heading after the election.
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. Can you help? Are you a Wikimedian who cares about climate? Join our new project!
UPDATED NOVEMBER 15: We added articles on the two candidates for the December 10 Louisiana Senate runoff election. We've added clickable links at the Researched Articles page to all races with filled-in research, and identified winners in bold. Please have patience as we improve the site! Coming soon: We will update the listings to reflect 2016 election results and add Senators not up for election this year, and make the site work better on mobile devices. We will improve our initial search results display features. Visitors will be able to see at a glance which profiles include Draft summaries.
As we hear from you via social media and email (all via our companion Project site--see sidebar), and in comments or questions at the Discussion tab of the 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.
The project itself is at ClimateCongress.us. 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.
Please tell everyone what we're doing. We hope you can contribute to the project. And we encourage you to donate to the Center for Media and Democracy. CMD has generously provided server space to host the site and has donated hundreds of hours of technical expertise setting up and configuring the MediaWiki and Semantic Wiki platforms the site is built on.