That was one of the questions that our own Elevate CEO, Carolina Jayaram posed in a recent Instagram Live with Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miami Waterkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the water in and around Miami.
“All politics is local,” Rachel reminded us during the conversation. “Here in Miami if even 10 people show up to a meeting about an issue, that’s a big deal. If your Senator receives 10 calls about an issue, that makes a huge difference. Not only should you know who your elected officials are, they should know who you are! They work for you. They need to listen to you.”
So, what’s the best way to get the message across?
“Deliver your message politely, but in a way that is heard,” Rachel noted.
“Every day, stay informed about the issue.
Every week, make a call.
Every month, show up.
In the worlds of [the anthropologist and activist] Margaret Mead ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ We really can make a difference.”
Looking for resources including talking points, draft emails, dates, times and places where you can make your presence count? Waterkeeper’s website makes it easy to take action.
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Other ways to help:
- Join Waterkeeper’s 1000 eyes on the water program. You’ll be trained on what to look out for, so if you see something that doesn’t look right, you’ll know what to do.
- Encourage a high schooler in your life to apply for the Junior Ambassador Program.
- Make a donation to continue to fund action to protect our water.