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The most important part of lobbying your legislators is sharing your personal story and reasons for caring about climate change. However, if you would like some additional talking points, read on.
Our view is that any carbon policy must meet a few key standards. It must be:
A carbon tax that returns at least a portion of the revenue to lower and middle income households is a great way to achieve those goals, but it may not be the only way to achieve them. The most important thing you should stress to your legislator is the need to take action and for them to show leadership this session.
If you have additional time, it is also helpful to ask questions of your legislator to learn more about their position on climate change. You can ask your legislator the questions in our survey and record the responses (click this link to open the 2017 survey) to help us better understand the prospects for different climate policies in the legislature.
Finally, If you are wondering whether these kind of meetings actually make a difference, read this guide called Indivisible, written by Democratic legislative staffers about the success of the Tea Party and outlining the most effective tactics to influence legislative bodies. Their top suggestions are to focus locally, have meetings, go to town halls, and use the local media to pressure your legislator. It will be tough to get the legislature to take action on climate change, but grassroots pressure will amplify the chances we have. Let’s get to work!