There are actions you can take to help the environment right now. The ones listed here are tailored for Colorado but the lessons can be applied to any state. They can be summed up by speaking up about environmental issues to raise awareness and educate, contacting representatives so they know that environmental concerns are a priority, and joining an organization that advocates for the causes you believe in.
Here are the three actions in detail:
- Speak up! Talk to your friends, co-workers, acquaintances about how important the climate and environment are to you. Climate change is so politically hot, people are afraid to say anything. That will only change with you speaking about solutions and the need for action.
- Contact your representatives at the local, state and national levels. Nationally for us, this is Rep. Jared Polis or Rep. Ken Buck, Sen. Cory Gardner and Sen. Michael Bennet. Go to their websites and send an email or make a call. It takes literally 10 minutes maximum to say you support climate action and research, keeping public lands public, and keeping protections for the environment. It need not be long or carefully researched. Just express your opinion.
- Join an organization to stay strong and updated. There are many groups in the area: Citizens’ Climate Lobby; 350.org; League of Women Voters; Fort Collins Sustainability Group; and Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society. They all offer unique opportunities to learn and participate.