A06. Climate Advocacy: Yes, You Can! And Here’s How
In an ever-changing and increasingly polarized political landscape, land trusts are the sleeping giants of climate policy. Because of their nationwide footprint and non-adversarial approach, they are uniquely positioned to communicate and advocate for climate change solutions with policymakers at all levels of government. Land trusts bring credibility and research-based solutions. And more importantly, land trusts can demonstrate the local consequences of climate change and make them tangible for policymakers who may be climate change skeptics. But what cost-conscious climate communication and advocacy strategies are available for land trusts to employ? Which are most effective, both with diverse audiences and key policymakers? And what are the legal compliance requirements for such communications with legislators – especially during an election year? This session will answer these questions and more by way of example of The Nature Conservancy’s recent “Surround Sound” campaign to support the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Participants will walk away with practical tips and suggestions to advocate for climate change solutions at all levels of government and the ability to spot legal compliance risks.
Session Location: Marriott New Orleans