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Developing Talking Points for meeting with Representatives


Stay on top of current earth and environmental policy issues by following E&E News. Many existing organizations provide templates for phone calls, letter writing, petitions, social media campaigns, and one-on-one meetings. Consider joining an existing effort that aligns with your views.

  • 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.

References

AGU, EOS, Science Policy

Everyday Democracy, Developing Talking Points

Mangla, I.-S., A political insider's viral advice on how to make your Congress member listen

Yong, E., Do scientists lose credibility when they become political?