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Be a Voice for Wildlife: How to Talk About Climate Change With Your Members of Congress

April 04, 2017 | climate change

 

The Goal: To demonstrate to our members of Congress (MOCs) that they must host town halls and other engagement opportunities in their district next week.

Why Town Halls? According to Town Hall Project, “There is no better way to influence your representatives than in-person conversations. Town halls are a longstanding American tradition--where our elected representatives must listen and respond to the concerns of their constituents. Remember: you are their boss.”

So, Town Halls seem like an great opportunity to influence our MOCs, right? Here’s what we’re asking you to do: 

First, check out this great map to find an event happening in your district. 

 

If there isn’t an event listed, you can also determine if they’re hosting a meeting in your community by calling their office.


If they are, we’re asking you to show up at your town hall or other local event ready to ask your MOC questions about climate change, the EPA budget cuts and other threats to the health of our environment and the wellbeing of wildlife. We have prepared a number of talking points, questions, and additional resources for your use at your event -- which you can find below.


The Need for Climate Action

  • Last year was the hottest since global record-keeping began in 1880. It was the third record-breaking year in a row. Of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 have occurred in this 17-year-old century
     

  • We all see the results: rising seas, mass extinctions, the spread of disease, widening deserts, vanishing sea ice, withering drought and raging wildfires, storms and floods.
     

  • Rising temperatures and changing patterns of precipitation are changing where plants grow, and in the case of our oceans, encouraging the proliferation of species that impact native ocean habitat. As landscapes and habitats literally shift, wildlife must quickly adjust. Experts predict that one-fourth of Earth’s species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues at its current rate. 
     

  • Polls show that Americans also want action. Gallup found concern about climate change this year at an eight-year high, with Republicans and Democrats alike expressing higher concern.

 

Question(s):

 

  • How is it that you plan to address rollbacks to policies like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and others that will hurt the health of our communities and wildlife?

  • Will you make it a priority to introduce or pass legislation that will protect our environment and wildlife in the years ahead?
     

  • Do you plan to uphold the Endangered Species Act and fight efforts to roll back protections for threatened species? 

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