WRITE


Put your thoughts on climate and energy into an email or a letter, and send it to a decision maker near you.

  • Find your federal and state legislators through www.congress.org. Check out our resources for the information you need to make your points.

  • Connect with other decision makers. Energy policy is affected by every level of government. County and city commissions and municipal governments oversee important energy efficiency decisions such as building codes, and infrastructure decisions like where to site renewable energy facilities. Water districts, soil conservation districts, and state administrative agencies and commissions often form the backbone of policy by setting agendas, gathering opinion and submitting recommendations.

  • Seek out stakeholders. Do you know of an organization that could be affected by climate change? Let them know. A "stakeholder" is anyone who might have an interest in an issue. When it comes to climate change, this category includes everyone from your neighbor and your minister, to your volunteer fire department and your chamber of commerce. Remember, if one stakeholder is good, then more are better. Groups who send letters (and follow up on them) have an impact.

TALK


Talking requires two important components: (1) you have something to say, and (2) you have someone to say it to. Use our resources to fine-tune your points and gather facts to support what you want to say.
  • Find someone to say it to. Find other people who care. Your book club could read a book on climate change. Your church group or veterans' association could invite a speaker on the topic. Dinner groups, online communities, library series, 4-H, FFA, quilting groups - there are many ways to connect.
  • Attend public forums. City, county, state administrative offices, and legislators all hold public meetings, and most publicize them on their websites in advance. Keep track and try to attend at least a few.

  • Speak out. If you have a chance at the microphone during a public meeting, keep your questions or statements short and specific. Introduce yourself and briefly state why you care about the issue. Even if others become contentious, remain civil. Others will remember your example. Afterwards, go up and introduce yourself to policymakers and their staff. Get their contact information, and stay in touch. Make sure to understand their position, clearly state your own, and if possible, reach a hand over the divide. Always follow up.

  • Make a public comment. State agencies and other government bodies often accept public comment on certain issues before they make their decisions or recommendations. You can submit a letter to go into the public record. If the letter is short enough, you may also want to send a copy to the editor of your local paper.

SHARE


Make climate and energy part of your online world, too. By helping weave CEP into the social fabric of the web, you can help us succeed.
  • Link to CEP. Do you find our website useful? Then please link to us through your own website, blog, or social networking page - our home page address is http://www.climateandenergy.org.

  • Information Networking. Read our blog. Subscribe to our newsletters. Add our RSS feed to your feed reader. We can keep you up to date.

  • Social Media. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.