During the week of April 21 to April 25, Americans across our country will be speaking up for climate action as part of “Climate Action Across America.” Together, we can put climate action on the Congressional to-do list this year and for years to come. We urgently need Congress to take action against climate change - to reduce greenhouse gases, to prepare our country for future climate-related disasters, and to help lead the world to address climate change and its effects around the world.
This action is based on a one-day event in Iowa on February 15, 2013, called "Climate Action Across Iowa," in which over 100 Iowans visited 21 in-district offices of Congressional representatives and Senators in ten different cities. Participants connected with Congressional staff, got some media coverage, and felt empowered. It advanced the conversation about climate change in Iowa. "Climate Action Across America" can do the same across the country. It is a low-cost, low-carbon, and relatively easy way for people to speak up for climate action, and by coordinating across the country, we can make a real difference.
Here are actions people can take to participate in “Climate Action Across America”:
1. Ask to meet with your US Congressional representative and US Senators or their local staff during that week. It is Easter recess for Congress that week so your Congressional representative is likely to be at home in the district. During your meeting, explain why you care about climate change and encourage your Representative or Senator to support climate action in 2014.
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 supporting climate action. You can be more specific if you want, such as promoting a carbon fee, greenhouse gas regulations, extending the production tax credit, energy efficiency legislation, stopping the Keystone pipeline, regulating fracking, stopping fossil fuel exports, stopping Arctic oil drilling, enhancing resilience to future disasters, and 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 in the fight against climate change in 2014 and in the future. It is time for Congress to join the fight against climate change.
4. Invite your Congressional representative or Senators to speak to your local schools, colleges, or climate action group about climate, energy, and sustainability.
5. Hold a public event – roundtable, workshop, speaker, rally, read-a-thon – during that week to support climate action by Congress.
6. Invite the news media to cover your public event supporting climate action.
7. Like "Climate Action Across America" on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/climateactionacrossamerica and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues across the country.
When you decide what you want to do, please report your action to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the information to report:
Congressional District Number
Congressional Representative Name
Type of Event
Details about Event (day, time, location)
Name and City for Event Organizer
Preferred Way to Contact Event Organizer
EXAMPLE OF CLIMATE ACTION INFORMATION
IA-01 - Request a meeting with Congressman Bruce Braley - organized by Rob Hogg, Cedar Rapids, email@example.com
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