Strategy #2 - Become a (Citizen) Lobbyist
In the news lately are exciting reports on how students across the globe are striking for change. Hundreds of thousands of students across Europe (and now beginning in the US) are skipping school to protest in front of government buildings - often dedicating one day a week for the protest.
Many of us have been following the work of young activist Greta Thunberg. Greta has been addressing various gatherings of world leaders and in February, standing next to Greta in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that “In the next financial period from 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change,” This will amount to approximately 1 trillion euros ($1.13 trillion) over seven years.
Lobbying Congress can seem mysterious and difficult. We send our emails when the organizations we belong to request our participation but beyond that we hardly know where to begin.
The Friends Committee On National Legislation (FCNL) is a great way to get started. The FCNL has a long history of effective lobbying on issues important to the Quaker community - including criminal justice, gun violence, peace-building and environmental justice. They have both a professional lobbying team and a focus on helping citizen lobbyists. Find out how they can help you become an effective lobbyist and create an advocacy team in your area.
I'm taking up the challenge and trying to figure out how to get my Congressional Representative Susan DelBene to sponsor a bill supporting regenerative agriculture. If you want to help, or if you have ideas on who I should talk to/how I should proceed, please let me know!
In my initial research I have found a number of organizations that are promoting regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration. Here are just a few:
Ecosystems Restoration Camps (I'm hoping to go to their camp in Spain this summer)
Kiss the Ground - they have several fun videos
Why Soil Matters (3.5 min) and
one with about Jason Mraz about composting (3.5 min)