If you are anything like us, the last couple of months have been tough, with daily news of rollbacks of environmental protections and budget cuts for critical federal agencies. But here’s something we’ve learned: the best medicine for the White House blues is action.
Here Are Some Ways You Can Make a Difference:
1. Engage Congress:
The NEC is deploying 45 years of community organizing experience to protect our planet through the Conservation Action Group, a new community group focused on stopping the most egregious attacks on our conservation legacy. So far the group has hosted a teach-in on how to effectively work with congress; organized a group to attend Rep. Huffman’s townhall meeting; and developed an on-campus seminar on how to be effective in conservation resistance, including letter-writing and a letter-writing campaign at NEC to stop the attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the EPA.
If you’re interested in being a part of the NEC’s Conservation Action Group, see the box on the following page for more info or contact our Washington Legislation Analyst Dan Sealy at [email protected].
2. Read and Share the Truth:
Subscribe to at least one worthy news media outlet (local, national, or both) and stay informed by reading reputable sources. Don’t waste your time (and everyone else’s) reading and re-posting slanted articles meant to inflame. Some are not fact-based and many just drain our energy and scatter our focus.
3. Find Your Passion:
Decide which issue(s) you are most passionate about (environment, women’s rights, social justice, etc.) and become a member of a local group that is focused on that cause. Pay attention to alerts and emails from these groups and TAKE ACTION.
Attend their meetings, volunteer, donate if you can, and otherwise engage. Spread the word about groups you love!
4. Go Local:
Find out when your local governing bodies meet (City Council, County Supervisors, etc.) and commit to attend one meeting per month; find their websites and commit to review the agendas for the meetings. Call your City Councilmember and/or County Supervisor and schedule a meeting. You might be surprised how easy it is to get facetime! Many of these meetings can be watched live online, on cable TV, or in the archives at Access Humboldt.
5. Party Time:
Host gatherings, house parties, etc., with your friends and family as a venue for discussion of issues of the day that are solution- and action-based. (In other words, try to avoid having a complaining session where everyone leaves depressed and wishing they didn’t care so much.)
6. Practice Kindness:
Be kind, compassionate, and open-minded with everyone (at least do your best!!). It is the right thing to do, and is really what it’s all about. (Plus, remember what your mother said: it’s easier to attract flies with honey than with vinegar.)