Talking requires two important components: (1) you have something to say, and (2) you have someone to say it to. Use our resources to fine-tune your points and gather facts to support what you want to say.
- Find someone to say it to. Find other people who care. Your book club could read a book on climate change. Your church group or veterans' association could invite a speaker on the topic. Dinner groups, online communities, library series, 4-H, FFA, quilting groups - there are many ways to connect.
Attend public forums. City, county, state administrative offices, and legislators all hold public meetings, and most publicize them on their websites in advance. Keep track and try to attend at least a few.
Speak out. If you have a chance at the microphone during a public meeting, keep your questions or statements short and specific. Introduce yourself and briefly state why you care about the issue. Even if others become contentious, remain civil. Others will remember your example. Afterwards, go up and introduce yourself to policymakers and their staff. Get their contact information, and stay in touch. Make sure to understand their position, clearly state your own, and if possible, reach a hand over the divide. Always follow up.
Make a public comment. State agencies and other government bodies often accept public comment on certain issues before they make their decisions or recommendations. You can submit a letter to go into the public record. If the letter is short enough, you may also want to send a copy to the editor of your local paper.
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