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From time to time, we get inquiries from individuals and companies asking to guest post on our ClimateMama blog. We are happy to give folks the opportunity to share their views on ClimateMama, and we make clear that we don’t endorse any products or services unless we have tried them out, would use them, and recommend them to you! As far as advice, the same thing goes; we don’t share information unless we would also provide it to you. We were recently contacted by the folks at a new website, ClimateWise, who are looking to “set the record straight” on climate change information.  Below is an article we are pleased to share with you. We appreciate the simple and straightforward ways that ClimateWise helps us answer these questions.

Setting the Record Straight, by Neil Stawski, ClimateWise

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For a concept that is pretty much settled science for those who study it, climate change sure sees a lot of skepticism and debate from those in government and normal, everyday citizens. There are many misconceptions about climate change floating around out there, and they do us all a disservice. Climate change is something we all must understand, so that we can see just how important it is to act and to act fast. Here are some of these common misconceptions, set straight.

Doesn’t cold weather mean there is no global warming? Wrong. This is a common confusion of weather and climate. Weather is defined as environmental changes in the short-term – minutes, hours, and months. Climate works on a larger scale. Climate change refers to changing patterns that take place over years – decades even. In fact, global warming can actually cause harsher winters.

“Warmer temperatures in the winter of 2006 caused Lake Erie to not freeze for the first time in its history. This actually led to increased snowfalls because more evaporating water from the lake was available for precipitation,” notes Scientific American.

What about all of the scientists that don’t think climate change is real? The fact is that there are very few scientists who do not subscribe to the conclusion that global warming is manmade, it is a factor in overall climate change, it is happening right now, and it is a problem for life on Earth.

“Humans are causing global warming is the position of the Academies of Science from 80 countries plus many scientific organizations that study climate science. More specifically, around 95% of active climate researchers actively publishing climate papers endorse the consensus position,” says SkepticalScience.com.

Hasn’t the climate been changing for hundreds of thousands of years? Yes, but not at the rate it is today. Carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is most responsible for global warming, has been on a steady rise in our atmosphere since the dawn of the industrial revolution. Scientists can study trees and ice cores to determine the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere going back hundreds of thousands of years, and we know that for most of history the global carbon dioxide level fluctuated between 170 and 300 parts per million. We have crossed the 400 ppm mark, and now hover at around 410 ppm. If you want to keep track of the CO2 levels, you can go here.

Ok, but there’s nothing I can do about it, right?

Wrong. There is plenty you, as a concerned citizen, can do to help combat the negative effects of climate change. Activism is the most effective way to fight. This means getting the message out there, joining up and volunteering or raising money for environmental organizations and climate change groups.

You can spread your message through customized merchandise with a clear and concise message. Research companies like RushOrderTees.com that allow you to place small orders, so that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew. Sell the shirts, hoodies, and tote bags, then donate the proceeds to a local like minded cause.

You can participate in the political process, vote, and urge your representatives to support policies that help combat climate change, not exacerbate it. And encourage everyone you know to do the same.

In your own life you can take steps to reduce your carbon footprint like driving a more fuel-efficient car (go electric or hybrid!), taking green modes of transportation (walking and biking), reducing your consumption of red meat and dairy (their production is a huge factor in global warming), and making your home more energy efficient (think appliances, lighting, and water consumption).

As the sea levels rise, ice caps melt, oceans acidify, species die off, and weather becomes more intense and unpredictable, we are faced with the consequences of climate change on a daily basis. Without a change, it will only get worse. It’s vital that everyone – from world leaders all the way down to Joe Q. Public – take heed of the science and begin to work to reverse climate change. Time is running out.

 

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On the Summer Solstice – June 21st, 2017 – will  YOU light a candle in support of Mother Earth?

In support of the wonderful work of One World One LoveClimateMama  is honored to join the call to and stand in solidarity to defend the One Planet we all call home. The threat of climate change is real and knows no borders – refugee or citizen – we are all vulnerable, we are all one.

The #1World1Climate Campaign will bring us together in our town halls and city squares, on our beaches and mountain tops, in our backyards and at our dinner tables as we host candlelight vigils. #1World1Climate will connect us across the country and around the globe as we share our diverse stories and images. #1World1Climate will provide an opportunity to reflect on our hopes for our planet’s future, and set intentions to reduce our individual impacts.

We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at One World One Love on this beautiful campaign. One day after World Refugee Day (June 20th) – we are asking people to light a candle for the world and climate hope. In these unprecedented times we are living in, we invite all our Climate Mamas and Papas to  come together in a moment of unity. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family and find time on the Solstice, June 21, to light a candle for our Mother Earth.

Lets take a moment to remind each other we will take care of one another, we do care and we do have hope for tomorrow, showing the world through our actions and our words today. The ask isn’t a heavy lift, but we hope that the connections being made between climate change and refugees, will be something people will take away and think about long after they light a candle for our future and now. 

Climate change is here. We notice our seasons changing earlier than before, our weather becoming more extreme, our seas rising and our children’s health suffering. We hear scientists screaming for us to pay attention to the overwhelming body of evidence they have collected, and we are perplexed, saddened and angered as many of our elected officials ignore them. We are connecting the dots between the increase in refugees around the world and the climate change fingerprints on their countries, their farms, forests and fields, their water, air and their weather.

While climate change affects all of us, it disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable among us. For refugees, climate change exacerbates the hardships they face in their home (and host) countries. With limited resources — such as electricity, food, clean water and secure housing —  refugees are often more susceptible to the climate-related effects of harsh weather and disease.

Unfortunately, the road from refugee to citizen is a long one, and only possible for a minute fraction of those who apply. Once granted asylum, refugees continue to face challenges in their adoptive countries. From learning and adapting to a new language, community, and social system, to facing the fear and distrust of some of their new neighbors, the struggle continues.

On June 21st, let’s light our candles together – to support one another and our planet in the hope of a brighter future.

JOIN US.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

JOIN OR ORGANIZE A VIGIL. There is no vigil too big or too small. On June 21st, gather your friends in your home. Gather your community in your town. Go out into nature. Do something that’s meaningful to YOU and light your flame.

RSVP TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT. Share with your friends. On June 21st, post a photo on social media with the hashtag #1World1Climate and your location.

WANT TO DO MORE? Contact us. We look forward to hearing your ideas and answering your questions!

Check in often at the One World One Light program page for updates, and on the Facebook Event Page.

Yours,

Climate Mama

Refugee girl photo credit:  Jametlene Reskp

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June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better world.

Scientists tell us that our oceans are reaching their capacity as “carbon sinks.” As they absorb the greenhouse gases that we are creating, our oceans are heating up and becoming more acidic, threatening the health of all living things….

Grab the kids in your life, and celebrate the oceans. Check out some of the resources at the World Oceans Day site as well as those at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Take some time to talk about the Paris Climate Agreement and the historic nature of the commitments made  by all governments of the world  to acknowledge and to begin in earnest to repair the damages that we are inflicting on our mother earth. Discuss as well, the US administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement and the fact that this decision is not the will nor the wishes of the majority of the American people. Share the WeAreStillin campaign with them. Together we are building climate hope.

Yours,

 

Climate Mama

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I just saw the latest Wonder Woman movie with my daughter. I loved it! Instead of the heavy weight I seem to feel every day as I turn on and then off the tv or the radio – listening and then shutting out news of yet another mass killing, suicide attack or a clip of President Trump speaking about something that to me is the opposite of good – today I lost myself in a Hollywood blockbuster movie about powerful women standing up against evil and for humanity.  However flawed we may be, I do think that with a little help, we can save ourselves and give our planet a fighting chance to heal. Without ruining the movie for you, the story is a classic one – good vs evil – in this case Diane, Goddess of the Amazons  vs Aries, the God of War.

I haven’t heard the director or screen writer speak about the movie, but it seemed to me an interesting parallel to today. We have an “Aries like” president, bent on war through words and actions: war not only with our enemies, but with our friends, our mother earth, us, our children, our future and now. The bottom line in the movie is that love – for each other and our planet –  will save us. As the veil is lifted again and again by another hurtful and vengeful tweet, or by an inexplicable act like pulling our country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, I think we will and can rise up for love and against the bully in the White House and those who were elected to represent us but do not.

In case you don’t have time to see Wonder Woman today, we wanted to share a short video from the “Don’t Just Sit There Do Something” series, created by our partners and friends at Communitopia, and staring the unflappable Joylette Portlock – Future President Gives State of the Climate Address.

This video is timely, witty and eye-opening – a trip back to the future; share it with the kids in your life. Joylette portrays a USA leader from the future who – like Wonder Woman – reminds us that good can trump evil. We at ClimateMama, in chorus with world leaders and US states, cities and businesses, agree that Trump’s ill conceived decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a wake up call to action, rather than a doomsday address. Thanks Communitopia for helping us visualize the future; a place where a strong United States government and its leader is committed to building a safe, secure, just and sustainable future for our children and for us all.

Do your own research. Uncover the facts so that you can clearly understand and see the many ways that Trump has manipulate the truth when it comes to what the Paris Climate Agreement is all about. The United States continues to move forward  reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and leading on climate change policy and action, regardless of what is said by the Trump administration. Actions speak louder than words. The sustainability revolution has begun and Trump will not unravel it.

Check out the new website, WeAreStillIn which lists the cities, states, companies and universities that are committed to meeting the Paris Agreement.

Our role is to double down and show the world that climate change must no longer be entangled in partisan politics – it never should have been – we just don’t have time for this;  our children’s future and now IS in our hands. As Climate Mamas and Papas from all political parties and persuasions, we must continue to speak the truth and act on climate change, in our homes, our communities and in the ballot boxes.

With a shout out to all our many Wonder Women Climate Mamas..thank you for what you do every day, and also a shout out to the Climate Papas who love and support us.

Yours,

ClimateMama

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Contrary to many voices you may hear today and in the coming weeks, I see the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as a positive. Let’s move on – let’s stop pretending the US federal government can actually implement strong climate policy at home – it hasn’t done this for many, many years, not by Obama nor Bush before him. Nor have we effectively or substantially contributed in the past to international climate policies and accords; we were never signatories to the Kyoto Protocol, the precursor to Paris, and we put a “pin” in the Copenhagen Agreement, that was poised to  put the world on a positive trajectory for immediate and effective climate action.

I spent 13 years working at the United Nations and I know the importance of an international agreement and the strength of a country’s signature on that agreement. For states, cities, civil society and companies on the ground, a signed agreement gives everyone in that country a reference point to demand that the national government live up to it’s commitments. We KNOW this administration will NEVER live up to our Paris commitments – in fact Trump and company are already unraveling and  tearing down President Obama’s climate policies and his clean power plan.

Other countries can see clearly our “Emperor” is wearing no clothes. So, when it comes to being prepared to address climate change, I say GOOD RIDDANCE. I only see negatives of having the Trump administration at the table for international agreements on climate; his administration would weaken and slow down other government’s commitments. Having Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State and ex-CEO of Exxon or Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator and an avowed climate denier,  sit at the international climate negotiating table on behalf of the US people – this clearly is NOT a good idea. The Trump administration has made clear from it’s first days in office that it is set on weakening climate policy and/or instituting the lowest common denominator solutions. It’s first official act in office was to “re-approve” the Keystone XL pipeline. Our children are watching, their future and now in our hands. We need an “all hands on deck” approach. This will not come from the Trump Administration –  let’s not fool ourselves.

It’s time for China, India and the EU to lead on climate; in fact they already are. If we want to see the US resume it’s position as a world leader – on climate, on refugees, on health, on security –  then let’s vote in leaders who will lead, not leave. In the meantime, lets champion our states, cities and businesses who are taking climate action now – let them represent America. We are living in unprecedented times. Trump doesn’t represent the American people, he doesn’t have a mandate to undo these agreements, and yet he is acting as if he does and no one is stopping him. So, as Trump continues to take action that shows him for what he is – NOT  a world statesman, NOT someone with our long term interests at heart and NOT someone who will help America rise…He has CHOSEN to remove HIS administration from the international stage..The US will be visible and on that stage but fortunately for us all HE won’t.

The Paris Agreement was an important agreement for one main reason – 195 countries came together and agreed that the “sh@)&t had hit the fan”, that climate change is real, here and now, and that we were causing our climate to change. When it came to “solutions”, each country brought to Paris their own INDC (Intended National Determined Contribution or “Country Plan”) which, even if every country completed to the letter of the plan, would still not put us on a safe trajectory for dealing with climate change. So, good-bye President Trump. The Paris Agreement will occupy the news cycle for a few days more, but then you will have to deal with the issues at hand.

We all need to loudly champion what is happening at the state, regional and local levels on climate change solutions, mitigation and adaptation. WE don’t have our heads in the sand; as Climate Mamas and Papas we see how our climate is changing – it’s happening in our backyards, on our beaches, our mountains and at our homes. American companies too are on board to tackle climate change; their bottom lines are at stake. So, at least we don’t have to pretend anymore that there is “someone minding the store” on climate and energy policy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. We know that the administration’s energy policy is about “bringing back coal and doubling down on fossil fuels.” This won’t last long, as companies will not see long term economic gains and the stock market is already pulling away from fossil fuels and towards renewables. That is our future.

Our ClimateMama moto: “Tell the Truth, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Don’t Be Afraid”. The Truth is, Trump and company will not take action on climate change, those actions are up to us, and we aren’t afraid to call out what we see and demand a future and now for our children that is livable, safe and hopeful. Trump is NOT part of that future. The sooner we all agree on this, the better.

 

Yours,

 

 

Climate Mama

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On Friday, May 26th I was honored to be invited to tour the R/V (research vehicle) Neil Armstrong, which was docked next to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York City. This US Navy research ship was in New York to take part in the 2017 Fleet Week festivities. The R/V Neil Armstrong is owned by the Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The ship is one of only seven US academic large ships, and a “dwindling number of small and medium sized ships” tasked with exploring 2/3rds of our plant’s surface.  After our tour, the R/V Neil Armstrong was heading back to Woods Hole, MA to be deployed on a research mission to the Pioneer Array. I learned that the Pioneer Array is an Ocean Observatory, about 100 miles off the coast of Massachusetts  that uses advanced technology to help gather detailed information on sea temperature, winds, wave height and currents. This was the first visit of the R/V Neil Armstrong to NYC’s Fleet Week, and included our special social media outreach tour so we could share more information about the ship and its mission with you.

Standing up for science and facts is something we all must do, particularly as we in America live through this era of “alternative facts.”  On April 22nd, 2017 – Earth Day – scientists and their supporters across the United States took to the streets, marching for science and against the current  US administration’s plans to  severely cut funding for science research in general and in particular for climate science research. As well, scientists and regular folks continue to speak out as senior officials in the US administration raise doubts about proven climate science.  We – as parents and voters – must stand strong and speak out to support scientific research and the means and mechanisms through which scientific data can be collected and studied.

Now more then ever research and understanding of what is happening to and in our oceans is critical. As Climate Mamas and Papas we know that through scientific study we are learning how our oceans are absorbing much of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we are creating from human activities like the burning of fossil fuels. We are already witnesses to some of these consequences, including ocean warming and increased acidity, that have potentially devastating consequences for our coral reefs, marine animals, fish stocks, sea shores and previously steady and constant ocean currents.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong will be remembered always as the first person to step foot on the moon. His words, as he took that first step, continue to echo around the globe: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The US Navy honored Neil Armstrong by naming it’s first ship in it’s newest class of research vessels after him. This ship is designed for exploration and discovery, something Neil Armstrong new and understood well. We must make sure that we do what we can to help the science community  continue to carry out Neil Armstrong’s work of discovery and exploration. We have so much to learn from our world’s oceans – they are deep and mysterious, just like outer space. The R/V Neil Armstrong was christened by Carol Armstrong, the ship’s sponsor and Neil’s wife, on March 29th, 2014.

Here are a few interesting facts to share with the kids in your life about the link between the vehicles that conduct outer space exploration and those exploring our oceans.

With Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

According to the Woods Hole Institute which operates the R/V Neil Armstrong: “NASA’s space shuttles were all named after famous ships that explored the ocean: Endeavor, after the ship Captain Cook sailed to discover Australia and New Zealand; Discovery, after the ship that founded the colony in Jamestown, Virginia and later explored the Northwest Passage; and Atlantis, after the nations first ship build expressly for ocean research.” The Neil Armstrong primarily explores the Atlantic and points east and it’s sister ship the Sally Ride, based at the Scripps Institute in California, primarily explores points west. Both ships conduct research in tropical and temperate oceans around the world.

Stay tuned for more posts on the R/V Neil Armstrong, and the work of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. We are excited to learn more and share what we learn with you!

Also, do check out the Woods Hole Institute Website with your kids. Learn more about it’s mission together, and keep tabs on the work and journeys of the R/V Neil Armstrong.

Warmly,

Climate Mama

 
P.S. Did you know that between June 5-9th, 2017 the United Nations will be hosting the Ocean Conference, in New York City and that June 8th is World Ocean’s Day?   Learn more about our oceans and why we need to understand more about their health and our impact on them; help your children learn more too!

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Our friends at CQ Roll call have shared an insightful article “Congressional Staffers Reveal All (On how they like to be approached)” with us, and we are excited to share it with you.

As a parent, with the demands of work, family and every day life we know that most of our Climate Mamas and Papas will not have the opportunity to develop long term relationships with congressional staffers. However, our feeling is that this information in this article is really relevant for all contacts we may have with any elected officials and their staff, whether it’s your town mayor, your local congressional office, or your state senator or assembly person. The advice in this article lines up really closely with our ClimateMama Mantra: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder than words, don’t be afraid”.

We hope you enjoy reading this post as much as we did and that you will take away practical suggestions that you can put to use immediately. As we all become more active participants in our democracy, we need to understand more clearly how our government, at all levels, operates. How can we ensure that our voices are being heard, and how we help to heal our democracy as we more actively find ways to help shape our children’s future and now. This advice is non partisan and crosses all political spectrums. Issues like climate change, clean air, clean water and our children’s health must be removed from the “political” sphere where they are being held hostage by hyper-partisanship. These issues are critical to us all, whether we are green, blue, purple, republican, democratic, or independent.

“ Congressional Staffers Reveal All (On how they like to be approached)”
Written by: Ann Dermody

Hint: It’s less lion stalking its prey on the Serengeti, and more competent professional.

Congressional staffers influence, research, craft and write legislation that could have a huge impact on your association, nonprofit or corporation. So, it goes without saying, building a relationship with the right Hill workers for your industry is key. But how do you do it in a way that not only gets you in front of the people you want, but leaves behind the right impression to get your issue moving?

First we asked a bunch of former staffers four pertinent questions.

What’s your:

• Favorite way to be approached
• Pet peeve
• Best (or worst!) memory of an approach
• Best tip

Then we asked several professionals whose job it is to get themselves in front of staffers the same questions.

Here’s what they said:

STEVEN TAYLOR  spent 10 years working for four different Republican senators, including six years as counsel on the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee. He is currently senior vice president and counsel for public policy at United Way Worldwide.

Favorite way to be approached: I always appreciated an advocate who was professional, transparent, and genuine. By that I mean that he or she was upfront, and they represented a point of view, and wanted to make the substantive case for that view. I was always willing to meet with someone who wasn’t trying to pull the wool over my eyes.

Pet peeve: When I was a staffer, I had a one-strike and you’re out rule. If you intentionally misled me, explicitly or implicitly, I would not trust anything you told me ever again.

Worst memory of an approach? I was on a subcommittee that had jurisdiction over some business issues. During a meeting with a lobbyist for a tech company, he acted like he was being a whistleblower, discreetly sliding a piece of paper across the table to me, telling me there was ‘some information’ about one of his business’ competitors that ‘I’d want to know about.’ He reaffirmed the already sleazy impression I had of him.

Best tip for approaching legislators on an issue? I think the two best things you can do when meeting with a Senator or member of Congress is to connect the dots between the issue and the state or district. And be sure your messaging about the issue relates to his or her view of the world.

LESLIE KRIGSTEIN was the legislative correspondent for Rep. Daniel Maffei (D-NY). She is now vice president of congressional affairs at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Favorite way to be approached: Have integrity and know your issue. A straightforward pitch that included relevance to my boss and the district was always the most successful. Understanding exactly how the issue or policy being discussed relates to the constituents back home was the most important part of any legislative meeting for me.

Pet Peeve: A pet peeve was when folks hadn’t done their homework before a meeting. Knowing my boss’ position, or the composition of the district, was important, and even if folks sought a meeting on an issue we’d likely disagree over, without proper preparedness, it wasn’t beneficial for either party.

Best/worst memory of an approach? The best way to grab a staffer’s attention, or even a member’s attention, is to make it a personal issue. When someone could make the issue relevant to the district, or to me personally, it helped their effort and made it easier for me to relay their interests back to my boss.

Best tip for approaching legislators on an issue? Be reasonable and respectful. There are some times that are better than others to approach members directly.

RODNEY WHITLOCK was healthy policy director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and a staff member for the late Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA). He is currently vice president of health policy for D.C.-based consulting firm ML Strategies.

Favorite way to be approached: I often used this line: “I know what I know; tell me something I don’t know.” To properly advise members of Congress, staffers need to understand the issues, and how they affect constituents. I always appreciated advocates who helped me better understand the issues and how actions taken by Congress affected their lives.

Pet peeve: Some folks arrive in Washington, D.C. having watched way too much Fox News or MSNBC. They make assumptions about the political beliefs of staff, and walk into meetings spoiling for confrontation. I always considered that an insult to my professionalism, and a missed opportunity for both of us.

Best/worst memory of an approach: A lobbyist walked into a meeting, gave me a rather perfunctory greeting, then opened up a three ring binder to a tab and started reading. After a few minutes, I finally interrupted him and told him that I didn’t handle energy issues. My schedule said he was here to talk about a specific healthcare issue. Without skipping a beat, he flipped to the next tab in his binder and started reading. It wasn’t particularly effective, but I haven’t forgotten it.

Best tip for approaching legislators: As an advocate, you have traveled all this way to speak to a member and their staff. It can’t just be a ‘one and done’ effort. Build a relationship. Let them know you will stay in touch on the issues that matter to you. You really can make a difference.

DAVID THOMPSON worked as a senior counsel and policy director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is now vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits.

Favorite way to be approached: I preferred an email introduction with a request to meet in my office, a summary of the issue at hand (in case I wasn’t the right person), and a signal about timeliness. If the matter were urgent – amendment on the Senate floor; heads-up on research, whether positive or damaging – then pick up the phone, text, or stop by. Drop-ins are hit or miss. On a busy day, they are annoying, but on a calm day they may be a great opportunity to sit and meet.

Pet peeve: I bristled at the attitude or presumption from lobbyists that meeting staff on policy issues was a game, or some form of kabuki dance. Too many lobbyists would email, call, drop by, or catch a staffer after a hearing to say they were new to an issue and wanted to take the staffer to fter a hearing to say they were new to an issue and wanted to take the staffer to lunch to get to know each other. That’s too much like a blind date, and not enough about establishing a professional relationship. Staffers exist to be informed, work through issues, and serve their members and the public good. Just set up a meeting and meet. It’s okay not to spend an expense account.

Best/worst memory of an approach? “We don’t know each other, but I want to take you to lunch to explain the concerns we have.” It suggests that the lobbyist has to buy the person’s time, and turns the staffer into an … escort?

Best tip for approaching legislators on an issue? The best way to shape the initial message to a legislator is to ask this question: What would make this legislator care about this issue at this time? Local impact, constituent concerns and outrage, and the policymaker’s ego, are all valid criteria to work into framing the approach.

For more ideas, tips and suggestions, you can read the article in its entirety here. Let us know if you have been able to put any of these ideas to work, and if you have any suggestions to share.

Ann Dermody is the Managing Editor for Marketing at CQ Roll Call, in charge of developing thoughtful and engaging content that serves associations, nonprofits, and the advocacy community.

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We march for women, we march for jobs, for healthcare, for justice, for the climate and we march for science, facts and the truth. Our children are beside us, behind us and in front of us. For so many of us living in the United States in 2017, it often feels like we are living in a “parallel universe.” Every day as we turn on the News, or connect to our friends and family via social media, we are confronted with new body blows; blows to what we hold dear, and near – our values, morals, laws and ethics – and our children’s future and now.

Our ClimateMama community represents parents from across the country – both coasts, the heartland, the Rockies, the south the middle and everywhere in between. We seem invincible, and at the same time vulnerable, understanding clearly that our children’s future and now is in our hands. We also feel the real and aggressive forces trying to take away the hopes we have for our children which are also chipping away at the hopes we have for ourselves.

We have chosen not to be paralyzed and not to accept these negative challenges to our air, our water, our rights, our future and our hope. We are fighting back and we are resisting normalizing what isn’t normal; that is why we march, and why marching matters. Continue reading

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LOOK NO FURTHER – It’s us. While we all have different abilities and degrees of opportunity and power with which to make a difference, we all can and must do what we can. That’s why I’m heading to Washington DC on April 29th, to march for my children and yours – for their future and now; to create hope for a livable world for us all. We can’t rely on someone else to fix what needs fixing. WE must not only be on guard but we must all be working to fix what we see is broken.

We also can’t minimize the urgency with which we must act. Band-aids are not permanent solutions and many of our band-aids are old and falling off. For me, with climate action – I will continue to loudly remind my friends, family, colleagues and elected officials that we need real change, NOW. We must stop pretending that changing light bulbs and recycling will save the future for our children. Small changes do add up, but by themselves they are at best false hopes and at worst they encourage complacency in the absence of others actions – blinding people to the urgency of the crisis in front of us right now.

The science on climate change is clear, as is our role in accelerating it. While it seems that more and more politicians are finally in agreement that climate change is here, our current administration and our President, are raising doubts about our role in causing our climate to change; clearly trying to dampen the urgency with which we must put needed and necessary policies and programs in place. Continue reading

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Recently, a reporter from a major New York City newspaper contacted me. She wanted some comments for an article she is writing. New York media has a huge market with an international reach and being contacted by this newspaper isn’t a “common” thing for me. I decided I would use the opportunity to ask the reporter a lot of questions. At the top of my list was whether she or her colleagues would be reporting on the Peoples Climate Movement, Washington, DC march on April 29th. Her first response was: “Well, there are a lot of marches these days, we can’t cover them all…..”

There ARE so many marches these days, marches for jobs, for tax reform, for healthcare, for immigrant rights, for women’s rights, for science and more – all of these marches are demanding and standing up for the truth; a rarified commodity it…. On April 29th, in Washington DC and around the country we will be marching to demand climate action, something that will determine our success over all the other critical issues of the day. If we aren’t successful in slowing the urgency of the climate crisis, everything else fails, and falls by the wayside.

Think for a moment about how amazing, important and incredible it is, that in the United States we are free to march, to express our opinions and to have our voices heard, even when they don’t necessarily agree with the opinions of those in charge. We need to be on guard, as these rights to express our views and to protest, are in fact being threatened in many states across the country, but that discussion is for another time. Continue reading

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