Ask Community Leaders to Champion their Support

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Since the Inflation Reduction Act passed, CCL's goal is getting out the vote with climate voters. Please go out an meet with local elected officials, attend candidate forums, and local debates to ask questions about climate plans. Since local leaders have extra clout with their employees and followings, please also let them know you have resources to share with them on getting people to register to vote and make plans to vote.

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Why is this important now?

The Inflation Reduction Act has passed so it is time to defend it and strengthen it. We want local, state, and federal governments to know that strong climate policy is popular and we're hungry for more. With the midterm elections coming up, it is time to get candidates talking about climate and turn out climate voters!

Who should you reach out to?

Local and state-level elected officials! Ask to meet with them, attend candidate forums, and election debates.

Community leaders with a following! Talk to local business owners, faith leaders, and influencers that you know support CCL. Since they support strong climate action, there is a good chance their employees or followers do as well. So, let them know that you have resources from the Environmental Voter Project that they can share to get people to register to vote and make a plan to vote.

Any other community leaders you know! In addition to turning out the vote, all the community leaders you know can continue to post on social media, write op-eds, write letters to the editor, and contact their elected officials directly to voice their support for strong climate action.

What should you say when you talk to your community leader?

If you're meeting with candidates or attending an event where you can ask them questions, here are some ideas of questions you can ask:
- What is your climate plan?
- What climate and environmental policies do you support and why?
- How can we best manage the risks to our health and economy from a changing climate?
- How do you think we can best transition to a clean-energy economy?

How else can community leaders show their support?
  • Post their support on their own social media tagging their Representative and/or Senators
  • Write an op-ed or co-author an op-ed with you or your chapter
  • Write a personal or open letter to their Representative and/or Senator
How can I highlight my community leaders' support to inspire others?
  • Write a post on CCL Community’s forums 
  • Post it in your own social media tagging your community leaders and Representative/ Senators
  • Write an LTE that cites something climate-related in the news and your community leader's support of strong climate policy
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Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

Why now? Which community leaders?
(2:17)

How to contact the president? What they should say?
(6:51)

Success Stories
(9:51)

How else to highlight support?
(18:41)

Instructor(s)
  • Sabrina Butcher
  • Emily Koester
  • Joanne Leovy
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Audio Outline

To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

Why now? Which community leaders?
(2:17)

How to contact the president? What they should say?
(6:51)

Success Stories
(9:51)

How else to highlight support?
(18:41)

Instructor(s)
  • Sabrina Butcher
  • Emily Koester
  • Joanne Leovy

 

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