Making your voice heard on climate change

The devastating wildfires across our state have been stark reminders of what the future holds with our changing climate. Now is the time to take action. 

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Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

On staff: 2006-2009; 2010 to present
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona

As director of Environment Oregon, Celeste develops and runs campaigns to win real results for Oregon's environment. She has worked on issues ranging from preventing plastic pollution, stopping global warming, defending clean water, and protecting our beautiful places. Celeste's organizing has helped to reduce kids' exposure to lead in drinking water at childcare facilities in Oregon, encourage transportation electrification, ban single-use plastic grocery bags, defend our bedrock environmental laws and more. She is also the author of the children's book, Myrtle the Turtle, empowering kids to prevent plastic pollution. Celeste lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two daughters, where they frequently enjoy the bounty of Oregon's natural beauty.

The devastating wildfires across our state have been stark reminders of what the future holds with our changing climate. My thoughts are with those who are being most impacted by the wildfires, and with all my fellow Oregonians as we watch our state burn. For those of us not directly in harm's way, let's channel our anxiety into action, and make our voices heard on the need for strong climate action now. 

We have to do everything we can to ensure that we take meaningful steps to tackle climate change here in Oregon and across the country by transitioning away from fossil fuels, embracing clean energy and building a cleaner, greener future for our kids. We want to let our elected leaders know that tackling climate change has to be a top priority. 

Please take a few minutes today to write a handwritten letter to your member of Congress in support of strong action on climate change. (Don’t know who your member of Congress is? Go here).*** 

When members of Congress hear from you, especially with a handwritten letter or personal email, they really listen.

Here are some tips:
- Make it personal. Explain why you care about the issue you are writing about. It's okay if you are not a policy expert (that's their job, not yours!)
- Have a call to action-- ask them to do something about it. 
- Include your address and other contact information, so they know you are a constituent and can call or write you back. 

It's that simple! It doesn't take much time, but it makes a big difference. Please consider writing a letter today. 

Thanks for all you do, and please stay safe.

*** If you want to write to state leaders instead, you can find them here.

Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

On staff: 2006-2009; 2010 to present
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona

As director of Environment Oregon, Celeste develops and runs campaigns to win real results for Oregon's environment. She has worked on issues ranging from preventing plastic pollution, stopping global warming, defending clean water, and protecting our beautiful places. Celeste's organizing has helped to reduce kids' exposure to lead in drinking water at childcare facilities in Oregon, encourage transportation electrification, ban single-use plastic grocery bags, defend our bedrock environmental laws and more. She is also the author of the children's book, Myrtle the Turtle, empowering kids to prevent plastic pollution. Celeste lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two daughters, where they frequently enjoy the bounty of Oregon's natural beauty.