What You Can Do This February to Fight Climate Change

Here are three things you can do this month to help in the fight against climate change:  (1) write, call, and join a vigil to oppose the Keystone “Export” pipeline; (2) support the Great March for Climate Action which starts March 1; and (3) make plans now to participate in “Climate Action Across America” during Earth Week, April 21 to April 25.

1.  Write, Call, and Join a Vigil to Oppose the Keystone “Export” Pipeline.

 Now that the State Department has completed its environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL “export” pipeline, Americans can speak up to oppose this pipeline, protect America from its hazards, and help stop the development of the Canadian tar sands.

Several groups (Energy Action Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, 350.org, et al) are sponsoring vigils Monday evening, February 3, organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Sierra Club.  If you would like to participate in one, or organize one, check this web address:


 In addition, please call or email President Obama at 202-456-1111 or email him through this web address:


Please also call your Congressional representatives!  By calling Congress, you can make our representatives feel the growing public opposition to the Keystone “Export” pipeline and create more space for President Obama to reject the pipeline.  You can find your representative and his or her contact information at this web address:


The basic messages are (1) we need to slow down and stop the development of the tar sands of Canada, so we should say no to Keystone, and (2) we should not allow a foreign oil company to condemn American farms and ranches, especially for a pipeline to Port Arthur, Texas, designed to export the tar sands to the global market.

2.  Support the Great March for Climate Action which starts March 1

It is now less than one month to the start of the Great March for Climate Action, which leaves Los Angeles on March 1, 2014.  The Great March will have more than 200 marchers from 37 states.  The Great March will pass through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, en route to Washington, DC.  It needs our support.  For details, visit www.climatemarch.org.

3.  Make Plans for “Climate Action Across America,” Earth Week, April 21 to 25

During Earth Week, April 21 to April 25, Americans across our country will be speaking up for climate action.  This is called “Climate Action Across America.”  By making a coordinated grassroots effort to urge Congress to take action in the fight against climate change, we can transform this country by putting climate action on the Congressional to-do list this year and for years to come.

Please start planning your actions for “Climate Action Across America” now and let me know what you have planned.  You can send me an email at this email address of send me a message at the new Facebook page for “Climate Action Across America”:




Here are six ideas for actions you can take to participate:


(1) Ask to meet with your Congressional representative or local staff during that week.  It is Easter recess for Congress that week so your Congressional representative is likely to be at home in the district.

(2) Write a letter to the editor or guest column urging Congress to take climate action.

(3) Organize letters and petitions to your Congressional representative supporting climate action such as a carbon fee, greenhouse gas regulations, the production tax credit, and other action to fight climate change and its effects.


(4) Invite your Congressional representative to speak to your local climate action group on climate, energy, and sustainability.


(5) Hold a public event – roundtable, workshop, speaker, rally, read-a-thon – during that week to support climate action by Congress.


(6) Invite the news media to cover your public event supporting climate action.

When you have organized your climate action for the week of April 21 to April 25, please report this information to me:


Congressional District Number

Congressional Representative Name

Type of Event

Details about Event (day, time, location)

Name and City for Event Organizer

Preferred Way to Contact Event Organizer

4.  Join the “Preach-In on Climate Change” February 14 to 16

Interfaith Power & Light is sponsoring a national preach-in on climate change February 14 through February 16.  For details, or for an event near you, visit www.preachin.org.

5.  Register now for Citizens Climate Lobby National Conference, Washington, DC, June 22-24

You can now register for the national conference and lobby days of Citizens Climate Lobby, June 22 to June 24, in Washington, DC at www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

I hope this information is helpful.  Thank you in advance for your ongoing advocacy.

State Senator Rob Hogg, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Iowa Climate Advocates


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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3 Responses to What You Can Do This February to Fight Climate Change

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