Meeting Notes: February 7, 2017
Identify volunteers who are willing to monitor key environmental websites with a focus on state legislation, recognizing that bills can come up for a vote within a short timeframe, so vigilance is required. (Debbie Birch)
Monitor the General Assembly website for unscheduled committee meetings. www.ncleg.net/LegislativeCalendar
Identify and track the websites of environmental groups such as:
* The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a water conservation and advocacy group; follow them on social media
* The North Carolina Conservation Network (NCCN), a statewide network of environmental groups involved in air and water conservation efforts; sign up for action alerts
* Clean Air Carolina , a nonprofit organization that advocates for healthy air www.cleanaircarolina.org
*American Rivers, a national advocacy group that combines advocacy with field work in key river basins
Become effective lobbyists on environmental issues.
Write handwritten letters to legislators (most effective). (June Lambla)
Call legislators and show up at their offices, etc. (Emilee Syrewicze)
Develop lobbying skills; Jane Patterson to forward Advocacy Tool Kit,
Barbara Speir to forward outline on effective lobbying.
Create a contact list of NC state legislators.
Look for action alerts that appear at bottom of websites and use them to formulate succinct talking points.
Become better educated – How do we find and contact scientists?
Calls to Action :
Lobby state legislators to confirm Michael Regan to lead NC Department of Environmental Quality (vote scheduled for March 8).
Join Catawba Riverkeeper; they need new members.
Join the March for Science – April 22 Washington, DC; younger people especially needed. (Crystal James)