Activists will encourage you over and over again to call your representatives to spur action on a specific issue, but if you’re not familiar with the process, you might be asking yourself: How exactly do I call my representatives? Fortunately, a new project now makes it easier than ever to demand action on climate change.
The hotline, called Call4Climate, was created by UC Santa Barbara energy researcher Leah Stokes and co-founders of the Clean Creatives campaign, Duncan Meisel and Jamie Henn. It is a single number that residents anywhere can use to connect to their representatives and know what to ask for.
When you call the number—(202) 318 1885—you will be asked to first input your zip code, then, before you are connected to your senator’s office, the line will remind you of four critical demands for a bold climate bill that you can ask for. These include a Clean Electricity Standard to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2035, sending 40 percent of green funding to frontline communities, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and creating a Civilian Climate Corps.
If you want to learn more about these initiatives, you can visit the Call4Climate website, but callers certainly aren’t limited to these climate topics. Depending on where you live, you might be concerned about different climate issues like fire, flooding, green energy jobs for fossil fuel industry workers, or conservation.
Many people are passionate about climate issues but aren’t sure how to go about making their voices heard. This resource makes it easier than ever to vocalize the urgency of climate action and engage more citizens in the fight for a safer future.