“One Thing You Can Do” – the fifth in a series of short essays

November 30, 2018

Uplifting the Spirit

Anyone who is engaging with climate activism, no doubt, gets discouraged at times. It doesn’t mean that one stops engaging and responding, but because of how big and new this climate challenge is and how much resistance, avoidance and denial there is, it isn’t always easy to stay uplifted in spirit.

When something does happen however, like the sunrise movement, there is an opening into hope and possibility, a renewal of spirit and desire to respond even more.

The most recent opening, for me, is a bi-partisan bill that has just been introduced  by two Republicans and three Democrats in the House. It’s called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all revenue equally to family households. Very importantly it will significantly drive down carbon pollution, in addition to being good for business and creating new jobs.

It’s unlikely the bill will pass now, but the bill is laying the groundwork for our next Congress in January. Now is the time to put pressure in all ways possible on our elected officials.

If there is one thing that I would strongly suggest for action, it is to write to your congressmen/women in the House and ask them to support this bill. It’s easy to do and takes only five minutes. The website below gives you the template for the letter and will pick out and send to your specific representative.

The site is: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/?_ga#/48/

Thank you.