Just weeks into the new legislative session, Congress and the Trump administration have begun attacking the Endangered Species Act through legislation and deregulation. More attacks are likely to follow and public opposition is our best hope to maintain the Act.
You can fight these attempts to weaken protections and dismantle the Act by making your support for conservation and the Endangered Species Act known loudly and often. A few steps you can take right now are below:
1: Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper(s). Members of Congress are particularly responsive to letters in their constituents’ local papers. There may be no easier way to make a public statement of support for the Act than a letter to the editor. We have a tool to help draft the letter and locate your nearest newspaper.
2: Call your senators and representative. The value of a phone call to a member of Congress is hard to top without going to a meeting in person. Enter your number on this page and we will patch you through to their offices and even help out with what to say.
3: Sign our pledge to defend the Endangered Species Act. There is power in numbers and we will keep you updated on other ways to defend the Act.
4: Move from online activist to offline action taker. Sign up as a state species guardian or member of the team and we will invite you to training calls, help to arrange meetings, and otherwise do everything we can to assist and empower you as an endangered species activist.
5: Learn more about advocating for endangered species. We have downloadable materials you can study or take with you to meetings with decision makers to help to educate them on the need to protect endangered species and the Endangered Species Act.
Please follow the Endangered Species Coalition on Twitter and Facebook and join our Activist Network to learn more about ways you can help to protect endangered species and the Endangered Species Act.