Shadow Your Senator Media Info
This August, 350.org and our allies at 1Sky, Blue Green Alliance, and Energy Action Coalition are mobilizing over 2,500 volunteers across the country to hold Senators' feet to the fire for failing to take serious action on climate change.
“The plan is, frankly, to be putting a little heat on these guys who failed so signally to do anything about climate,” environmentalist Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, told Politico's Morning Energy. “We figured out where everyone is going to be and we’ll be showing up and asking hard questions of them. We’re training people to take on their political leaders ... We need to build a movement that will go on. It’s not about saying this is the end of the world – but it is going to be about possibly ending some political careers. We’re in for a long, tough slog.”
To help our volunteers get in the groove, we've set up a page with useful tip sheets and released a video on how NOT to engage lawmakers:
Upcoming events where 350.org volunteers are expected to call senators to task on energy and climate issues include:
-August 18, Senate candidate Paul Hodes speaks at the Claremont Community breakfast.
-August 18, Sen. John Thune speaks at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
-September 1, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina will debate at St. Mary's College, in Moraga, Calif.
-On August 16, the BlueGreen Alliance launches a 17-state bus tour in Los Angeles, making 30 stops before ending in Virginia on Sept. 3. “The Job’s Not Done” tour, by the coalition of major labor unions and environmental groups will stage and attend events aimed at pushing clean energy and climate legislation and targeting senators in Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
- The week of August 23rd, environmentalists teaming with Clean Energy Works stage a “Carnivoil”, with circus and carny-style events highlighting the dangers of fossil fuels. They’ll take the show to Missouri, Arkansas, North Dakota and possibly other states.
- The last two weeks of August, the Operation Free and the Truman National Security Project will hold four events aimed at making the connection to lawmakers between clean energy legislation and national security.
- The first week of September, Clean Energy Works will hold events with students on college campuses highlighting the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and calling on Congress not to roll back EPA pollution regs.
Aug 17, 2010, New York Times, "Oil, Climate Bill Supporters Clash in Summer Campaigns."
Aug 13, 2010, New York Times, "Enviro Groups Hope Lobbying Push for Climate Bill Will Sway Senate Into Action."
Aug 12, 2010, Grist.org, "'Shadow a Senator' climate push draws inspiration from Tea-Party town halls."
Aug 12, 2010, Firedoglake.com, "Enviro Movement Taking a Page from Town Hall Playbook."
Aug 11, 2010, Politico, "Morning Energy Exclusive: Climate Campaigns."