Our elected representatives—local, state and national—need to hear from us. They need to know that we support meaningful and comprehensive governmental actions to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy, quickly reduce carbon emissions, prevent climate disaster. Each person can make a difference by taking actions —there are many ways to make your voice heard.
Contacting your elected officials, writing letters and op ed pieces to the local newspapers, signing petitions, organizing and attending rallies, signing up with environmental organizations for action alerts, supporting environmental organizations, joining local advocacy groups in your town, etc. A local member of Congress says that letters to hometown newspapers are always read.
Taking Action Events:
Common Cause: The non-partisan Common Cause website has very helpful suggestions on how to be effective when you contact your elected representatives, local and national. Go to http://www.commoncause.org and click on Activist Kit.
Find your elected officials contact information at www.commoncause.org/FindElectedOfficials
The League of Women Voters also offers advice on effective lobbying.
350.0rg organizes frequent worldwide actions – sign onto their website to stay informed about how to participate.
Keystone XL Pipeline: http://nokxl.org/
MCAN (Massachusetts Climate Action Network) sends out notices about activities in this state. Check out their very helpful website http://www.massclimateaction.org/ and sign up to get their email newsletters.
Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN): “Taking Action” section lists tips and talking points for contacting legislators, and news media.
The Boston Chapter of the Sierra Club provides information about local environmental issues and actions. http://www.sierraclubmass.org/
Beyond Coal Campaign: http://www.sierraclubmass.org/issues/coal/coal.html