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Ask Congress to Join the Fight Against Climate Change April 21 to April 25

posted Apr 6, 2014, 8:42 AM by Rob Hogg
“Climate Action Across America” is a week-long, nation-wide, grass-roots effort to express public support for climate action to our U.S. Congressional representatives and U.S. Senators during the week of April 21 to April 25.

Through meetings, letters, phone calls, emails, and public events, this is a way for ordinary Americans across our country to let our Congressional representatives and Senators know we are concerned about climate change, and we want them to join the fight against climate change this year. We urgently need our country to help lead the world to reduce greenhouse gases and to prepare for future climate-related disasters.

You can connect with Climate Action Across America through Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/climateactionacrossamerica

You can also connect through Twitter using the hash tag #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica or the hash tag #JoinTheClimateFight.

The week will highlight one national event. In Washington, DC, the “Cowboy and Indian Alliance” will set up camp from April 22 to April 27 to ask President Obama and Congress to “reject” the Keystone Export pipeline and “protect” our land, water, and climate. For more details, or to sign up to participate, visit:

http://boldnebraska.org/rejectandprotect

This effort will conclude with a major rally on Saturday, April 26. To sign up for this rally, you can also visit:

http://act.350.org/signup/rejectandprotect/

I hope many Americans can make it to Washington, DC, for these events. It is also critically important, however, for Americans to let their Congressional representatives and Senators know directly that want them to support climate change and join the fight against climate change. You can find your local Congressional representative at this web page:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Working together, we can stop the Keystone pipeline and put climate action on the Congressional to-do list this year and for years to come.

Here are nine specific actions Americans can take to participate in “Climate Action Across America”:

1. Ask for a meeting with your US Congressional representative and US Senators or their local staff during the week of April 21 to April 25. It is Easter recess for Congress that week so your Congressional representative is likely to be at home in district.

2. Write a letter to the editor or guest column urging Congress to take climate action.

3. Organize letters and petitions to your Congressional representative and Senators asking for their support for climate action. (You can be as specific as you want. Ask them to stop the Keystone pipeline, adopt a carbon fee, support greenhouse gas regulations, extend the renewable energy production tax credit, regulate fracking, pass energy efficiency legislation, stop fossil fuel exports, stop Arctic oil drilling, enhance resilience to future disasters, and support other action to fight climate change and its effects. Whatever issues you choose to highlight, the important message for Congress is that Americans care about climate change and we need Congress to do something to join the fight against climate change in 2014.)

4. Invite your Congressional representative or Senators to speak to your local school, college, or climate action group about climate, energy, and sustainability.

5. Hold a public event for climate action – roundtable, workshop, speaker, rally, read-a-thon, community service project – during the week of April 21 to April 25.

6. Invite the news media to cover your public event supporting climate action.

7. Like “Climate Action Across America” on Facebook and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues across the country. Here is the Facebook address:

https://www.facebook.com/climateactionacrossamerica

8. Tweet #JoinTheClimateFight or #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica 

9. Report your action to Rob Hogg so he can add it to a list that he will share publicly through this web site and news releases.  You can email him at robhogg@earthlink.net. 

Thanks in advance for speaking up for the climate action we so urgently need.

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