February 18th, 2009
Today dozens and dozens of volunteers from throughout the state of Texas converge on our state capitol building for the Alliance for a Clean Texas Lobby Day. Hoping to advance a legislative agenda of clean energy, clean air and green collar jobs for Texas, volunteer lobbyists will visit their senators and representatives and ask them to support good bills that make Texas better.
Last evening, the volunteers gathered in a church fellowship hall near the University of Texas campus for training, hearing lobbying tips and advice from leaders of the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Environmental Defense Fund, Texas Impact, Environment Texas, Public Citizen the SEED Coalition and Texas Campaign for the Environment, among others.
The League’s James Canup administered an oath of office to citizen lobbyists last night: “I (state your name) solemnly swear or affirm that I will conserve, protect and defend the Texas environment.”
Not every Texan has the time or the means to travel to Austin and tell legislators what they think. Conservationists should give thanks to the voters who’ve volunteered for Lobby Day, and, using their example as a guide, take action when you can to protect and conserve the Texas environment. Step one is signing up to receive email alerts from the League – there’s a place to do just that in the left hand column of your screen.