The long-term goal is to limit global warming to well below 2C or if possible 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Photo: AFP
When implementing the Paris Agreement, the biggest obstacle to success is the U.S. Congress. The Ocean River Institute is uniquely capable of surmounting the obstinacy in DC because we have built relationships and are known for bringing the voices of constituents from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands to the attention of Congressional Representatives.
You are invited to join with us to write letters in your own voice. Legislators want to hear from their constituents, the people they serve. We’ll assist you in saying what you want to your legislator. Your writing is best because you know the local concerns and understand better the concerns of your legislator.
We invite you to make a donation of $5 to help defray our costs of preparing one letter. We’ll send you a formatted letter with your words and addressed for you to print and mail to your legislator. We’ll also add your words to many others organized by Congressional district to also send to Washington. The value and persuasion is in the number of people communicating directly with legislators. Please invite your neighbors to join in with a group letter.
Imagine what the legislator would think if a letter come from one person, he might think it is just one kooky person. If a letter came from two people; it may be considered a couple with different names. If three people write the Congressman, it is note-worthy. Four writers start to look like a trend and five writers . . . if 5 people wrote in concert with one another it may be a movement (to paraphrase Arlo Guthrie). And, five individuals may be the tip of an iceberg of people, a vast assemblage, wanting their legislator to act to mitigate climate change because letter-writers have families and they are part of schools, sports and religious communities. A few may be speaking for a great many.