Sunday, December 6, 2009

He must be an organizer

Mike Tidwell (yes, he is an organizer) has some advice for you:

We all got into this mess together. And now, with treaty talks underway internationally and Congress stalled at home, we need to act accordingly. Don't spend an hour changing your light bulbs. Don't take a day to caulk your windows. Instead, pick up a phone, open a laptop, or travel to a U.S. Senate office near you and turn the tables: "What are the 10 green statutes you're working on to save the planet, Senator?"

Well worth reading. And heeding. It seems silly, but it really does work. And it feels good. If you really want to get their attention, pull out a pen and a piece of loose leaf (remember those? they're the Microsoft Word of the 19th century) and hand-write a letter, and send it to your senator or representative's office. And don't be afraid to pick up the phone and give them a call. The interns answering the phones are nice, they don't bite. (And if you know the name of the congressperson's environment person, you can sometimes get to talk to them by asking.) Make a difference, it only takes a minute.

(HT: Yglesias)

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