Improve Your Citizen Advocate Skills
NCLCV knows that the most important thing you can do for the environment is vote—whether it’s your vote at the Ballot Box on Election Day, or a legislators’ vote on important environmental legislation.
As a voter (and therefore a constituent), you can help ensure that your elected officials are voting in ways that reflect your environmental values by becoming an effective environmental advocate. Most importantly, building a good relationship with your elected leaders over tenure in office is a great way to make sure your voice is heard. But here are a few suggestions:
- Stay in regular (and respectful) contact with them.
- Share your concerns and perspectives about environmental issues that are before them.
- Ask them where they stand on those issues that are important to you.
- Participate in Lobby Day activities sponsored by environmental organizations or other groups.
- If you know they are an environmental champion, volunteer for them during election season. (And if it’s one of our endorsed candidates, let us know!)
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on environmental issues.