Today we, together with more than 100 brand allies, are calling our lawmakers and urging them to pass critical climate policy now.
We’re also asking you to join us.
Call 202-318-5170 to support climate action from Congress.
What to say when you call:
“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME], I am one of your constituents living in [YOUR CITY, STATE]. I want to ask the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] to support critical climate solutions including the following 4 things:
- A Clean Electricity Payment Program that cuts emissions and modernizes our grid.
- Directing 40% of funding to frontline communities.
- Ending subsidies for fossil fuel corporations.
- A Civilian Climate Corps that puts people to work.
The bottom line is we must act now to meet the climate crisis head on. Thank you.”
Where can I find my lawmaker’s contact information?
Call 202-318-5170 to be connected with your congressional office, and see above for help on what to say when you call.
Why does calling my lawmaker matter?
Your representatives use the number of calls they receive for or against a particular topic to decide what to focus on and what to fight for. Directly calling your lawmaker ensures that your voice is heard.
Should I call even if my members of Congress are Democrats?
Yes. Democrats need to show their commitment to passing the climate solutions we need. Calling them will encourage them to push harder.
Should I call even if my members of Congress are Republicans?
Yes. Polling shows the majority of Republicans think the government should be doing more on climate change (source: Pew Research). Your call ensures your voice is heard and encourages your representative to support the critical climate solutions we need.
Do I have to provide my personal information? Will it be kept on record?
We recommend you provide your name, state, and zip code so your representatives know you are one of their constituents. No personal information will be recorded or logged by their office other than zip code.
What should I say when I call?
See above for help on what to say when you call.
What does it mean that we have a decade left?
The UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has identified 1.5C in warming as an important threshold for humankind. The leading models show that we are currently on track to exceed 1.5C in warming within the next 10 years. If we pass 1.5C in warming and hit 2C, 1.7 billion more people will be at risk of severe heatwaves and billions more will be at risk of water insecurity from loss of glacier and snowmelt. That’s why it’s important for Congress to take action now.
Why are these the four asks?
These 4 asks are researched and developed by Call4Climate and are among the most important solutions for rapidly reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a just transition that puts people to work. They are also among the top issues for grassroots climate justice organizations across America.
What is a Clean Electricity Payment Program?
A Clean Electricity Payment Program (CEPP) is an alternative to a traditional Clean Electricity Standard (CES) that can be passed through the Congressional Budget process. A CEPP works by providing federal investments and financial incentives to suppliers across the country when they provide clean electricity to their customers. The CEPP can be designed to decarbonize the power sector in line with Paris Agreement targets while creating equity, good jobs, and community benefits.
What does it mean to direct 40% of funding to frontline communities?
Also known as Justice40, this directs 40% of the benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities - low-income communities and communities of color - who have endured disinvestment and environmental degradation for generations. It is a critical starting point to begin redressing environmental injustices through funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency, flood mitigation, public transit and more.
What does no more subsidies for fossil fuel corporations mean?
It’s estimated that the federal government annually spends $15 billion directly on fossil fuel subsidies—and hundreds of billions indirectly. A fossil fuel subsidy is any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by energy producers, or lowers the price paid by energy consumers. 74% of US greenhouse gas emissions come from fossil fuels (source: US EPA) and transitioning government funding away from fossil fuel companies is key for putting the US back on the path to a stable climate.
What is a Civilian Climate Corps that puts people to work?
Among young Americans, the unemployment rate remains high and college enrollment is down (source: NPR). A Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) would train and employ people in stable, good jobs within the clean economy while jumpstarting a nationwide climate workforce. The Civilian Climate Corps is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, a celebrated program created in 1933 in the wake of the Great Depression, that put millions of young men (yes - then it was only men) back to work building roads, bridges, telephone lines, and dams—infrastructure that's still in use today.
Are these asks bipartisan?
There is already broad, bipartisan support among Americans for the government doing more on climate and that climate change solutions will take a collective effort (source: Pew Research). Your call ensures your voice is heard and encourages representatives on both sides of the aisle to support the critical climate solutions we need.
Can I email my lawmaker instead of calling?
You can do both! We recommend calling first and following up with an email because a large volume of calls on an issue can get the ball rolling.
My Senator/Representative didn't answer, should I leave a message?
Yes, leave a message and try calling again during business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST).
I called after hours and couldn’t leave a message. What should I do?
If you’re unable to leave a message, try calling back during business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST).
I’ve called my Senator/Representative already, now what?
Share this call to action with your friends, family, and on social media. The more calls our Senators and representatives receive, the more likely they are to support critical climate action.
Why are you getting political?
Lawmaker action is a critical part of the climate solution, and climate change is inherently apolitical - the devastating impacts of warming respect neither borders nor party affiliations. As a global, public health crisis, climate change is similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the potential to impact many more people and carry on for generations. Who among us wouldn’t have prevented COVID-19 if we could have? We have that ability with climate change, and polling shows that the majority of both Democrats and Republicans support the government doing more to address it. As brands, by getting behind climate action we're getting behind public health, human rights, conservation, science and life. This is a movement built on common ground, so our future generations have the right to live a life that looks remotely like our own.
Nonprofits to Support
Here you can find a list of nonprofit organizations to further support climate action.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Founded in 1984 by a bipartisan group of members of Congress to inform the debate and decision-making on energy and environmental policies, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable societies. Today, their mission is to advance science-based solutions for climate change, energy, and environmental challenges in order to achieve our vision of a sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.
Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. They wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, preserve magnificent places and wildlife, advance clean energy, and combat climate change.
Center for International Environmental Law
Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL pursues its mission through legal research and advocacy, education, and training, with a focus on connecting global challenges to the experiences of communities on the ground. In the process, we build and maintain lasting partnerships with communities and non-profit organizations around the world.