Developing Talking Points for meeting with Representatives
- Advocate or develop talking points for advocacy groups based on your expertise or from consensus documents (e.g. IPCC, National Climate Assessment, EPA Climate Change Impacts, Reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
- Translate science into a personal story. What is the impact of the environmental issue on you or people who live in your district?
- Assist your students in exploring impacts of policy on their community (Example Activity: Climate Change Talking Points (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB Mar20 17))*
*Assign this to small groups and work to compile & discuss talking points across groups. This might include having each group add a talking point. A quick poll could determine which talking points the class feels will be best received or represent the diversity of voices in your community. The assignment could be modified to consider local perspectives versus national ones. Identifying audience-relevant talking points is also useful when drafting Op-Eds, Blogs, or Social Media.
AGU, EOS, Science Policy
Everyday Democracy, Developing Talking Points