Coming soon: The Million Letter March -- The Write Way to Stop Climate Change
Despite a drought that has caused Russia to cancel wheat exports, despite flooding that has displaced 20 million Pakistanis, and despite a dependency on oil that produced the worst ecological disaster in America’s history, Congress has failed once again to enact legislation to mitigate climate change.
What will it take to get our nation’s lawmakers to act? How about a million letters?
On October 9th, Citizens Climate Lobby and others will launch the Million Letter March, a campaign to generate a million personal letters to members of Congress, asking them to enact effective legislation to deal with climate change.
The letters have to be personal, meaning that our writers can’t simply copy and paste talking points or a letter that’s already written. A personal letter -- that is signed, placed in an envelope and sent to a member of Congress – carries the greatest influence with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. A million such letters will create the political will necessary to overcome the special interests who profit from the current stalemate in Congress.
Letter-writers will post a copy of their letters to the Million Letter March Web site so that we can track the progress of the campaign. Resources and tools will be available on the Web site to help people write their letters.
The main message we’ll deliver with these letters is to ask Congress for legislation that places a gradually-increasing fee on carbon-based fuels so that clean energy becomes competitive within a decade. Revenue from that fee will be returned to all households to defray the increased cost of energy. Carbon-trading schemes and offsets will be discouraged as ineffective.
Spread the word and look for the launch of the Million Letter March on Oct. 9th.