If you follow politics, or the news, than you know that the last few months have held blow after blow for the climate.  From pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement to encouraging coal while ending green energy plans to denying human-caused climate change, our country’s leaders seem outright hostile to the concept of living sustainably.

We can still make conservation-wise decisions at home, of course.  Keeping the lights off and using rain barrels aren’t illegal, after all.  But when our personal sustainable choices are offset by unregulated industry and wasteful governments, a truly sustainable lifestyle means speaking up for the earth’s needs.  Maybe you don’t see yourself as an activist.  Maybe you don’t know what to do.  Well, here’s our guide to showing our legislators that you want a more sustainable environmental policy.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to reach your representative is to call him or her.  You can look up the contact information for whomever represents you based on your zip code online, or call Congress directly at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected directly with your representative.  You can sign up online for various groups that will provide you with scripts for different issues, and be sure to check out these tips from a Congressional staffer.

Where does the term “representative” come from anyway?  Well, our leaders are meant to represent all our constituents, and by encouraging more people to voice their concerns, we can apply greater pressure on our representatives.  Tweet about the issues you care about.  Post it on Facebook.  Be that person at a party who brings up politics. 

Are we being melodramatic ?  It’s possible, but people far more knowledgeable than us have already said that the effects of climate change may have already passed a threshold where they are irreversible.  We’re already seeing major changes in Florida and along the California coastline.    And droughts that marked our last five years have the potential to become the new norm

Sound good?  I don’t think so, either.  So let’s all stand up and speak for our planet before it’s too late.