Help build support for a national ban on fracking by getting your political reps to sign on to an Elected Official Sign-on Letter. Our friends at Food & Water Watch have organized this campaign and are providing a handy toolkit to make it easy. This includes an explanation of the strategy, as well as resources and sample materials to help you get your elected officials to sign the letter and join the movement to ban fracking. Feel free to share the toolkit with folks you think would like to do outreach.
Food & Water Watch has set an initial goal of 300 signers by inauguration day on January 20th. At this stage there’s lots of low-hanging fruit out there, so they’re just asking volunteers and allies to ask electeds to sign by sending a short email. This template email (also in the toolkit) can be adopted for outreach to elected officials at various levels of government. You can cover a lot of them in 10 or 15 minutes of emailing by adapting it:
Hi ____. My name is [your name], I’m a [constituent / community member / organization title].
I’m writing to ask you to join elected officials across the country and sign this open letter calling for an end to fracking and fracking infrastructure. Fracking for oil and gas, and related pipelines, power plants, and infrastructure, are incompatible with the clean energy future we need to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Fracking is also poisoning the air and water of communities across the country, and leads to serious health problems for those living nearby.
This is a simple way for elected officials to show their support for a clean energy future that doesn’t rely on fracking and fossil fuels. Will you sign this letter? Please fill out this form to sign your name:https://forms.gle/YJmCjSkhCnRJpp7k9
[Add why this is important to you and the people and places that this elected represents.]
I hope that you will join elected officials across the country and sign this very important letter. Please let me know your position in the next two weeks, or if you have any questions in the meantime. Thank you for your consideration!
And thank you for joining this important effort!