Got a Few Minutes to Walk In for Wildlife This Week?

Walk in for Wildlife this Week!I know many of you have sent in emails and made phone calls to advocate on behalf of bold climate action to safeguard wildlife from global warming, but this week we have a special opportunity to take a slightly different sort of action.

This week, many Members of Congress are in their home-districts for the April recess, which offers a wonderful opportunity to stop into your senators’ or representative’s office to meet with them in person and let them know why safeguarding our natural world from global warming is important to you.

Recently, draft legislation to cap the carbon pollution that causes global warming and invest in clean energy technologies was introduced into the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This draft bill will not only repower our economy with millions of new clean energy jobs, but also provides the safeguards necessary to protect our natural world for generations to come. Your Members of Congress need to know that America’s wildlife enthusiasts support this legislation.

I know what you’re thinking: What difference does walking in really make?

Well by now Congressmembers are up to their ears with facts, graphs and charts detailing how strong climate and energy legislation will curb the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and create millions of new jobs. (And they’re also hearing plenty from the opposition.)

But who they don’t hear from enough is everyday Americans like you and me. If you’re reading this right now, chances are you know how climate change will affect you. For me, hailing from Long Island, New York, I worry about how sea level rises will impact coastal communities around the world.

Visiting your Congressmember’s office sends an unbeatable message. It shows just how much you care about confronting global warming – and that you represent a host of concerned citizens who share your views.

And don’t worry — we know that walking in to your Congress member’s office can seem a bit scary. That’s why we’ve already created resources and tips to support you. So, if you do have a few minutes during these last two days of the April recess, pop by your Congressmember’s office and let them know that you’re there and you care, and you hope they do too!

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Published: April 16, 2009