Here at HEAL Utah, we want to amplify as many voices in as many effective ways as possible. Whether reaching out to your local elected official or getting a letter to the editor published in your local paper, your voice matters, so use it proudly and loudly!
Here are some of our favorite ways to take action:
Have you signed up for our email list yet? If you do, you can receive action alert messages from us that inform you about upcoming government decisions about air quality, renewable energy, climate change, or radioactive waste and prompt you to send a message to your legislator or a state regulatory agency about these specific policy decisions. We make it easy by giving you all of the information you need. Sign up for our emails here and check out our action alert page to see if there are any opportunities to take action today.
Become a citizen lobbyist
From mid-January to early March, during Utah’s 6-week legislative session, we basically camp out at the Capitol (well, we would if there were easily-accessible showers). You don’t have to bivouac with us, but you can come by to join us for citizen lobby days. We provide initial training, which includes a briefing on bills we are working on and we’ll accompany you as you speak informally with your representatives. Sign up to volunteer here and reach out to our Grassroots Organizer Carmen Valdez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more. Plus, stay in the loop during the legislative session with our weekly legislative updates — sign up for them here.
Register to vote
Voting is one of the most important ways to keep the environment healthy for future generations. Register, read up on the issues, candidates, and referendums, then vote and repeat! You can get set up to do it in 3 minutes or less by heading here. Here are some of the reasons HEAL votes:
Call or write your representatives
Concerned about an issue or piece of legislation? Want to shed light or suggest a solution to a problem in your community? Reach your representative directly! Having direct contact with your decision-maker is one of the best ways to influence policy and choices on the Hill. Find out who represents you and how to contact them by entering your address here.
Write a letter to the editor
Getting a letter to the editor in your local paper is a great way to draw attention, from your community and even elected officials, to an environmental issue that you’re passionate about. Take a look at our letter to the editor guide to help get started.