It is now one month to “Climate Action Across America” from April 21 to April 25. In Iowa, we were inspired this week by the visit of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island to our state, as well as the historic all-night session of the U.S. Senate on climate change earlier this month. The momentum for climate action is building.
“Climate Action Across America” is a coordinated, national, grassroots effort to direct public support for climate action to our Congressional representatives and Senators. They need to feel the growing public support for climate action.
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.
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:
This effort will conclude with a major rally on Sunday, April 27. To sign up for this rally, you can also visit:
We hope many Americans can make it to Washington, DC, for these events. For many people, however, it is not practical for time, money, or carbon budget reasons to travel to Washington, DC, for this event. That is where “Climate Action Across America” is helpful.
Even if you cannot travel to Washington, DC, you can let your voice be heard by meeting with your Congressional representatives and Senators or staff at their local in-state offices, or simply by calling or writing them to express your concern about climate change and to ask for their support for climate action this year.
You can find your local Congressional representative at this web page:
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 eight specific actions people 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, or 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:
8. Let Rob Hogg know what you are doing so he can add it to a list that he will share at this web site the week before Climate Action Across America. You can email Rob at email@example.com.
Thanks in advance for speaking up for the climate action we so urgently need.
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