Take Action in 20 Minutes: Stand Up for the EPA

2020Action.org aims to empower people to take action on environmental issues in just 20 minutes a month. It’s monthly action ‘cards’ help people get informed on important issues and present the resources to take quick political action. GN will publish these monthly ‘cards’ in 2017.

Stand Up for the EPA

1. Read the background information

Donald Trump’s budget cuts the EPA’s $8 billion budget by 31% to its lowest level in 40 years. This would cripple the agency charged with addressing climate change, keeping America’s air and water safe, and maintaining environmental safeguards for all.

Trump’s budget would:

  • completely “discontinue funding for the Clean Power Plan … and climate change research” which would result in significantly more global warming and climate-ignorance-by-design. This could lead to an unraveling of the whole global effort to stabilize our climate
  • sharply reduce funding for air and water quality programs that let us know whether it is safe to drink our water, breathe our air, and swim at our beaches—and what needs to be done when it’s not
  • drastically reduce funds for Superfund cleanup and clean energy research.

These cuts would result in increased federal (and personal) medical costs for the treatment of asthma and cancer as a result of increased pollution. Cutting EPA funds is reckless and unacceptable.

2. Contact your US Senators and Representative immediately. Your own words make a difference in the impact of messages received.

Congress decides whether to fund or cut EPA programs. Contact your Representative and Senators and ask them not to vote for EPA budget cuts. Tell them you are counting on them to protect EPA funding for programs that keep America’s air and water safe, reduce global warming, help cleanup toxic pollution sites across the country, and protect all Americans and our environment.

Web:
www.senate.gov, www.house.gov; send an email or leave a message via ‘Contact’ on his/her website

Tel:
Senator Elizabeth Warren: (D.C.) 202 224-4543, (Boston) 617 565-3170
Senator Edward Markey: (D.C.) 202 224-2742, (Boston) 617 565-8519
Both Senators: US Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Representative Joseph Kennedy: (D.C.) 202 225-5931, (Newton) 617 332-3333

202 224-3121 (Capitol switchboard–ask for his/her office & leave a message)

Mail:
Senator or Representative (first & last name)
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515

3. Broadcast This Message.

Write a letter to the editor of your local press about this important and timely issue. You can submit a letter to the editor on most newspaper websites. Simply copy and paste selected text from this message and add your personal thoughts. Also, please forward this message to friends and family, and ‘like’ our postcard page at 2020Action.org. This is a powerful way to educate and mobilize others—our job in the coming years.

(Headline photo by Janet Hollingsworth, Wolftown Sunset)