As 2018 draws to a close, we think it’s the perfect time to start planning to be an advocate for climate change solutions in the new year. There’s a new Congress starting on January 2, 2019 and we want to be ready to let them know they must take action. Here are a few tips to help you get ready now:
– Check to see if any of your elected officials have changed, both in Congress and at the local level. You can find out about all you elected officials at ballotpedia.org.
– Save your members of Congress in your phone’s contact list. This makes calling them much easier.
– Make sure you keep up-to-date on climate news using reliable sources. Consider signing up for our weekly newsletter, the daily Hot News newsletter from Climate Nexus, the MacArthur Foundation’s Weekly Climate Review, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
– Consider finding a local climate group to join in the new year. When people work together, especially on local issues, it really turns up the volume on your message. It can also make working towards solutions more enjoyable and rewarding when you have support from others who want to do the same. Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Beyond Coal, and 350.org all have local chapters.
– Make sure you’re registered to vote and take our pledge to vote. Next year may be an “off year” for congressional elections, but there will still be gubernatorial races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There may also be special elections, mayoral races, state legislature elections or ballot initiatives in your area in 2019.