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Natural Resource Defense Council: Citizen Advocacy Training

This is an event sponsored by the Natural Resource Defense Council and the "Earth Ethics" committee of the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

NRDC Invite Below:

Dear friend of the planet,

We’re inviting you to become an NRDC Citizen Advocate. Here’s why…


For decades, NRDC has excelled at using its attorneys to lobby and argue for enforcement of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act. As we grew, we developed sophisticated techniques for engaging our members in online advocacy. But legal tools and button clicks alone cannot create the massive political will needed to address the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced: global warming.

Given this all-hands-on-deck, not-a-moment-to-lose crisis, we believe our membership can help in a powerful new way: By becoming Citizen Advocates. We will educate, train, empower, and sustain you in becoming a potent advocate— meeting with politicians, editorial boards, regulators, and others— in support of the planet.

We’re inviting you to engage with us in taking an important next step to avoid the worst consequences of our addiction to fossil fuels. That step is the EPA’s plan to regulate power plants, which are responsible for 40% of all CO2e emissions in the United States. But the fossil fuel industry is spending millions to derail the plan. That’s where NRDC Citizen Advocates come in.

Because of your engagement in climate work, we think you’ll welcome the chance to
•Be more personally engaged with NRDC staff
•Work side by side with others in your community
•Be an important part of your team’s activities
•Experience the personal satisfaction of knowing that your efforts are making a difference
•Become an even more effective advocate in support of the Clean Air Act and the standards the EPA is developing to regulate coal-fired power plants


Politicians do not create political will, they respond to it. We provide you with first-class training so you can motivate them to do the right thing.

The program empowers Advocates to:
•Build relationships and have groundbreaking meetings with elected officials, including your state’s Governor or U.S. Senators and their staffs, and State Regulatory Administrators
•Publish pieces in the media
•Become a community spokesperson

Citizen Advocates meet once a month with others in your community for a national teleconference featuring leaders of the struggle against climate change. At these meetings you’ll
•Become educated in the science, sociology and politics of climate change
•Practice and develop personal skills as a climate action spokesperson
•Make plans with your local team of Citizen Advocates to carry out the month’s Action Tasks
•You’ll learn the secrets of getting letters to the editor and op-eds published, and make sure those you are lobbying see them

NRDC Citizen Advocates has two purposes. The first is to create the political will for a livable planet. Our initial focus is to support the President’s climate plan. If we successfully defend the Clean Air Act, the EPA, and the President’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants, the result will be a 25% reduction of those emissions by 2025 and a 30% reduction by 2030.

These outcomes are a critical step forward. They will increase the competitiveness of green energy alternatives and increase the rate at which they are deployed in the economy.

The engine that will generate these results is the energy, passion, and activities that you and other Citizen Advocates will take. And that leads directly to our second purpose…

The second purpose of NRDC Citizen Advocates is to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in expressing their personal and political power. This is HOW you will help us achieve our first purpose. It is also a huge benefit to you. Can you imagine going from feeling the situation is hopeless and that you can’t make a difference, to feeling like you are truly making a difference?

As a Citizen Advocate, you’ll start from wherever you are—in terms of your personal skills and power— and learn to do things you’ve never done before. We’re committed to doing everything we possibly can to make sure that you have those breakthroughs and feel that your efforts really are making a difference in dealing with the carbon crises.


We’re inviting you to find out more by attending a 2.5 hour Advocacy Team Startup event from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on January 30, 2014 at the Ethical Society of Saint Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis.

At the Startup, you’ll find out more about the activities of Citizen Advocates, our methods and their history of success. You’ll practice a “laser talk” and rehearse for a meeting with the Governor of your state. You’ll meet others in your community who will be joining you as Citizen Advocates.

If you’re looking for an antidote to the despair of hopelessness over the state of the climate, NRDC Citizen Advocates is made for you. Please join us— for the sake of your children, your children’s children, and all living things— in advocating for sane policies to support a stable climate.

We would love to hear from you, answer your questions, or just take an RSVP. Please contact Harold Hedelman: [masked] or [masked].

Thank you!

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  • Larry L

    Harold and Michael were outstanding

    January 31, 2014

  • Bob P.

    Thanks, Larry, for your active and productive leadership ... I am grateful for this additional training - another opportunity to develop and fine tune important skills that can help us be a bigger part of the response to this tremendous challenge we are all facing ...

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Johann N. B.

    I'll be in Europe 15 January through 21 March. Is there any way to join the training program virtually?

    December 12, 2013

    • Larry L

      Johann, we could probably "Skype" you in to the meeting. Let's discuss details after the first of the year.

      Please feel free to share the invite with the Columbia folks. They are certainly welcome to participate as well. I'll send you an email invite that you can share.

      December 12, 2013

    • Johann N. B.

      Thanks, Larry! I'll certainly circulate your invitation widely here in mid-MO.

      December 12, 2013

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