How to Be an Effective Advocate
There are a multitude of factors that go into becoming an effective advocate for the environment. First and foremost is knowledge—the more you know, the more convincing you can be in your argument on a specific issue. Whether you are championing smart growth or protecting an open space preserve, it is vital for you to know the ins and outs of that issue. Of equal importance is knowing how the process works. The resources on this page are meant to equip you with the skills to effectively advocate in certain situations.
Planning for Change: How to be an effective advocate is a series of workshops that Greenbelt Alliance is currently hosting. The first workshop covered how to write a comment letter for an Environmental Impact Report. The second workshop taught residents how to advocate for sustainable developments in their neighborhoods. The third and final workshop shared communications and social media strategies for effective advocacy.
Understanding the connection between how we use land and the environment is key to figuring out how we can reduce carbon emissions. Green Your City’s Blueprint: A Toolkit for Climate-Friendly General Plans provides clear instructions to influence your local city plans to be more climate-friendly.