This week we are focusing on sustainability at a national level, and all to often we ask the question, “What can I even do about that?” Writing from the US, here are a few ways to get involved with environmentally friendly legislation:
1. Contact Your Representatives:
As someone who struggles to send emails or make phone calls, I completely understand how daunting this is, but this is how our representatives know what we want and what we value. To find the contact information for your reps in the US, go here:
2. Donate to Groups Which Support Environmental Action/Legislation.
Here are 6 organizations recommended by Outside:
Environmental Defense Fund:
- Charity Navigator Score: 94.48
The Nature Conservancy:
- Charity Navigator Score: 84.35
Natural Resources Defense Council:
- Charity Navigator Score: 96.35
- Charity Navigator Score: 88.18
Trust for Public Land:
- Charity Navigator Score: Not Yet Rated, A-rating by Charity Watch
Sierra Club Foundation:
- Charity Navigator Score: 94.08
3. Vote, Vote, Vote!
- Any chance you get, whether local or federal, policy or policy-maker. This also includes signing petitions that get sent to legislators.
4. Get Heard!
- Raising awareness about environmental issues is extremely important, and the more voices there are, the more powerful the message. Every person who starts “talking green” makes the conversation about the environment more accessible and commonplace.
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Yunnan Province, China.
PC: Jialiang Gao, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
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