Many people understand the peril we face as a result of our warming world. ¬†But I find that many of these people feel helpless and believe there is nothing they can do to solve the problem.
Fortunately, there is no cause for such helplessness. ¬†There is a great deal that all of us can do, that we must¬†do if we want to leave our children and grandchildren a world where they can lead healthy lives.
In a future posting, I will share some of what Al Gore just wrote in¬†The Rolling Stone. ¬†He is optimistic that we can solve our climate crisis, and he persuaded me to be more hopeful as well.
And today–or anytime this week–you can do something to help persuade Congress to take meaningful action to address climate change. ¬† Your action can be completed in a mere 10 minutes.
Here’s what to do:
Make three phone calls––one to your Member of Congress and one each to your two Senators. ¬†By calling this week, you will augment the efforts of thousands of climate activists from all over the country, who are in Washington right now, visiting the offices of all 100 ¬†Senators and all 435 Representatives. ¬†These citizen lobbyists are urging Congress to enact a tax on carbon that returns revenue to the public.
It is very important that we all add our voices to those citizen lobbyists now gathered on Capitol Hill. ¬†After all, the fossil fuels industry has hired thousands of lobbyists to pressure Congress to act on behalf of their short term monetary gain at the expense of the public and the planet. ¬†Even though our democracy has been diminished in recent years as a result of gross increases of money in politics, our Members of Congress will do what the people want if they think hanging onto their seat may be at stake. ¬†That’s why we must make sure they hear from large numbers of us.
So please call 202-224-3121, the Capitol switchboard. ¬†Ask to be connected to the office of Senator X or Congressman Y. ¬†Once you reach the office you requested, you can leave your message on a tape or ask to speak to the aide who deals with climate issues. ¬†I try to choose the latter option to increase my chances of speaking with an actual person. ¬†If, in fact, you do leave a message on a machine, be sure to include your name and phone number. ¬†This will assure office staffer that you are, in fact, a constituent. ¬†And feel free to express your passion; ¬†you don’t need to be an expert. ¬†After all, you wield the vote. ¬†
And thanks for acting.–April Moore