Meeting Notes: February 7, 2017

Goal:

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)

Action Step:

Monitor the General Assembly website for unscheduled committee meetings. www.ncleg.net/LegislativeCalendar

Goal:

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

www.catawbariverkeeper.org

* The North Carolina Conservation Network (NCCN), a statewide network of environmental groups involved in air and water conservation efforts; sign up for action alerts

www.ncconservationnetwork.org

* 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

www.americanrivers.org

Goal:

Become effective lobbyists on environmental issues.

Action Steps:

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)

www.marchforscience.com