Want to Make a Difference In the Fight Against Plastic?

One of the best ways to make change is to lobby at the local level. Your elected officials represent you. Listening to you is literally their job, so let them know what you think! Here are a few ways you can tell them that single-use plastics aren’t welcome in your community, and to use grassroots activism to strengthen democracy at the same time.
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Write a letter or email

Writing a personal letter or email is a better way to get your point across than contacting an official through their website. It’s harder for them to ignore a message in their mailbox or inbox, which means you’re more likely to get a response. Here is a TEMPLATE that you can modify and use. Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent, include your name and address, and personally sign the letter. Encourage others to do the same. The more they hear the same message, the more likely they are to listen.

Use This Email Template
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Make a phone call

Find your voice and pick up your phone! Calling your elected officials is a great way to make a personal connection with them or their staff. Here is a sample PHONE SCRIPT that you can modify and use. Again, be sure to let them know that you’re a constituent—they want your vote, after all! And talk to your friends and family about calling, too.

Use this Phone Script
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Start a petition

Thanks to online tools, it’s easier than ever to start a petition. Check out the websites below and choose the one you like best. Then identify the target of your petition—the official you want to take action— and clearly state your demands. Here is a sample PETITION that you can adjust to suit your needs. Share your petition on social media and ask your friends to do the same. Once you have a solid number of signatures, deliver the petition to your local decision maker. Email is easiest, of course, but sometimes visiting their office, and handing it to them in person will make a bigger impression.

Use this sample petition
1 Write a letter or email

Writing a personal letter or email is a better way to get your point across than contacting an official through their website. It’s harder for them to ignore a message in their mailbox or inbox, which means you’re more likely to get a response. Here is a TEMPLATE that you can modify and use. Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent, include your name and address, and personally sign the letter. Encourage others to do the same. The more they hear the same message, the more likely they are to listen.

Use This Email Template

Find your voice and pick up your phone! Calling your elected officials is a great way to make a personal connection with them or their staff. Here is a sample PHONE SCRIPT that you can modify and use. Again, be sure to let them know that you’re a constituent—they want your vote, after all! And talk to your friends and family about calling, too.

Use this Phone Script

Thanks to online tools, it’s easier than ever to start a petition. Check out the websites below and choose the one you like best. Then identify the target of your petition—the official you want to take action— and clearly state your demands. Here is a sample PETITION that you can adjust to suit your needs. Share your petition on social media and ask your friends to do the same. Once you have a solid number of signatures, deliver the petition to your local decision maker. Email is easiest, of course, but sometimes visiting their office, and handing it to them in person will make a bigger impression.

Use this sample petition

Popular petition platforms: 

  Change.org
  The Petition site
  IPetitions

   

Some resources that will help you get better informed: 

  Learn more about plastic pollution
  Learn the difference between real solutions and false ones
  Visit the Global Legislative Toolkit for more policy action resources
  Join the Plastic Free Future Facebook group and share your experience

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Organise a Zero Waste Event

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Support Restaurants That Choose to Reuse

Take the reusable container challenge and join the movement that is already changing the way we eat! Let’s make reusable the new normal!

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Support Supermarkets That Choose to Reuse

Take the reusable container challenge and join the movement that is already transforming the way we shop for groceries!

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Citizen activists are cleaning up local riverbanks, parks, and beaches and using these events to identify the companies that are polluting their hometowns.

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Empower the Next Generation of Activists

The classroom is a great place to start discussing plastic pollution and how to address it. Kids can develop their science knowledge and leadership skills, all while learning how to build a better future. Educators—you can inspire youth to change the world!

Tools for Educators