Four Things You Can Do To Take A Stand

By Pete Maysmith, Executive Director

I am writing today from outside of Washington, D.C. where I’ve traveled with my wife and our two teenage daughters so we can march for the protection of our values, our rights, and, of course, our environment.

Later this morning, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Maybe you are feeling like I am — struggling to beat back the temptation to succumb to the negative feelings brought on by Donald Trump’s inauguration. But I don’t want our children to remember this as a time of fear and sadness. Instead, I want to show them today can be a day of action with the hope and expectation that together, we will make progress on the values we all hold dear.

As President Obama said in his farewell address:

“If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”

This weekend my family and I will add our voices to the chorus of Americans who will continue to stand up for common decency, respect, and a shared commitment to a clean and healthy environment, even in the face of incredible political opposition.

Marching or protesting is just one of the many ways to be involved and help protect our values. Here are four other meaningful things you can do, right now, to take a stand:

1. Take Action — I can’t stress enough how much decision makers at the federal, state, and local levels are influenced by the collective voices of their constituents. Every petition signed, call made, and message sent has an impact — and taking action can be as easy as just one click. Right now we are focused on ensuring our Senators vote against Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator. Click here to take action and add your voice >>

2. Read — Understanding the issues that matter to you is one of the most impactful ways to make a difference. There are thousands of articles, blogs, and stories out there on whatever topic motivates you. Finding good sources of information and striving to see both sides to every argument will help you to speak to others on relevant topics, stand up for your opinions, and react in an informed way. A good place to start is by digging into Colorado’s environmental issues of the day. Check out Conservation Colorado’s most recent pieces here >>

3. Connect — I hope you’re able to connect with people who share your values at one of the many events happening this weekend. If you feel like you need a beer and good company on Inauguration Day, join Conservation Colorado at 3 Freaks Brewery in Denver where $1 of each special release imperial saison will be donated to Conservation Colorado >>

4. Join — Progressive organizations like Conservation Colorado can only be successful if we have the support of members like you. Whether you contribute $5, $50, or $500, your support helps make our work possible. Click here to support the next chapter in protecting Colorado’s environment and communities >>

The fact of the matter is that after today, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. This comes with unprecedented challenges, but it also provides opportunities. Opportunities to take action, stay involved, and band together like never before.

Tomorrow I will march on Washington with Nancy, Sydney, and Zoë, along with hundreds of thousands of others who share our common values of respect, love for others, and reverence for our natural world. We won’t stop there of course. My family and the Conservation Colorado team, working with you and thousands of others, will fight every day to keep Colorado a wonderful place to live. I hope you will join us.

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