Once you have shared your EPA message on Social Media, the next step is to make a phone call to your elected official. It only takes 2 minutes and could make a difference to force your member to ACT!
Here is a step-by-step guide to making an effective phone call to your representative:
1) Find the number of your member of congress and your senators by visiting this website:
2) Dial the number for your representative and wait for somebody to pick up. If it is within normal office hours, somebody should be there to answer the phone. If it goes to voice mail, hang up and call back in a couple of minutes, it is important to talk to a live person!
3) Tell the person on the other end of the phone where you live and you appreciate him or her taking the time to chat with you (this is important because they want to know that you are a constituent).
4) Ask them where Representative stands on the issue of EPA funding? Listen closely to the answer.
- If the staffer indicates that your representative supports the EPA, thank them for the support and ask them what they are doing to protect EPA funding. Ask them to speak out on the issue, educate them on the EPA accomplishments you learned about on our homepage, and ask them to include an EPA budget request when they write their appropriations letters. Tell them that it is important to act because budget cuts would be devastating for the health of the country, its people, and the health of the environment. Direct them to our website for more information.
- If the person indicates your representative is on the fence, or that they support the EPA budget cuts, do not get angry. Politely ask them if they would reconsider their position because the EPA is important to your families health, your community, and the district they represent.
Let them know that because of EPA,
- 160,000 lives are saved every year thanks to the Clean Air Act,
- Our rivers do not catch on fire from pollution,
- We breathe clean air when we go to a football game or walk through our neighborhoods,
- Our water is safe to drink,
- We no longer breath in lead fumes from car exhaust,
- Polluted and dirty superfund sites are cleaned and managed,
- Our lakes and rivers are not impacted by the dangers of acid rain,
- The Bald Eagle, our national bird, has made a remarkable comeback from the verge of extinction,
- National treasures like the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay are clean and generate billions of dollars in revenue from tourists,
- and that corporations and government are working together to find innovative, market based solutions to meet emissions standards.
5) Once you have said your piece, thank them for their time and ask if you can call back in a month or two to follow up with them. Make sure you get their name so you can ask for them directly next time your call and immediately put a reminder in your calendar or phone to call back. Try to keep and maintain a relationship with the individual you spoke with. Thank him or her sincerely for their time and try to write a follow up email or a note. Because of high turnover, the person that you just spoke with might be your members Chief of Staff in a couple years!
Next, let's see if you can find a Town Hall meeting or other public event to attend.