Sustainability isn’t for spectators. Show up. Speak up. Write a letter.
Here are some resources to help get you started:
Click the logo above to go to the city’s site, where you can always find schedules, agendas and members’ packets for upcoming meetings of the city council and the city’s various commissions and boards. This is also where you can find video of recent meetings. . . . The few you didn’t attend personally, that is 😉
And, you can click the logo below to get all the same information for the Marin County Board of Supervisors and all our county commissions.
Anyone in Sacramento or Washington will tell you that a real “snail mail” letter has tremendous impact on an elected officeholder. (E-mail much less so. Too much of it is “issues spam.”) Of course, face-to-face contact is the most powerful persuader of all. When you’re ready to speak up or write, here are some talking points and prototype letters to help get started.
(The letters are in Microsoft Word .doc format. On Windows computers, clicking on the link will usually open them directly in Word. On a Mac, they may go to your “downloads” folder, and you can open them from there.)
- Prototype letter to the President or anyone else in Washington on Climate Action and the horrors of the XL Pipeline.
- Prototype letter to a local official about Climate Action
- Prototype letter to a local official about Integrated Pest Management.
- Key talking points on climate change
Speaking of climate change, here’s a great resource for countering the arguments of climate deniers: Grist.org has lined up all the familiar supposedly “scientific” claims of the climate skeptics and then tabulated the real scientific findings that blow them out of the water. Needless to say, it’s a bit too long to memorize, but it could be great to have on your iPhone the next time you meet one of these bozos, or to have bookmarked on your computer when you want to write a letter to the editor to rebut someone who claims, for example that “Natural Water Vapor Accounts for 95% of the greenhouse effect.”
Finally, when you decide to speak out, here’s how to reach out.
- Pacific Sun: Editor. email@example.com, Publisher. firstname.lastname@example.org, Writer. email@example.com
- Marin Independent Journal: Letters Editor firstname.lastname@example.org (here are the IJ’s rules for letters to the editor)
- Novato Patch: Editor. email@example.com
Electeds (click on each name for e-mail contact):
- President Barack Obama: -The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500, Phone (202) 456-6213
- Governor Jerry Brown: State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento CA 9584, Phone (916) 445-2841
- Senator Barbara Boxer: 112 Hart Senate Office Building/Washington, DC 20510, Phone (202) 224-3553 Local Office: 70 Washington Street, Suite 203, Oakland, CA 94607 Phone (510) 286-8537
- Senator Dianne Feinstein: 331 Hart Senate Office Building/Washington, DC 20510 Phone (202) 224-3841 Local Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: (415) 393-0707
- Representative Jared Huffman: 1630 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone (202) 225-5161, Local Office: 999 Fifth Ave., #290/San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 258-9657
- State Senator Noreen Evans: State Capitol, Room 4085, Sacramento, CA 95864-4002 (916) 651-4002 Local Office: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 425, San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 479-6612
- State Assemblyman Marc Levine: P.O. Box 942849, Room 2137, Sacramento, CA 94249 (916) 319-2010 Local Office: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 412, San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 479-4920
- Novato City Council: (website with individual members’ contact information), snail mail to: [Councilmember Name], City of Novato, 75 Rowland Way #200, Novato, CA 94945