Interfaith Power & Light, our national organization, researches the environmental issues that currently stand before our U.S. political leaders and recommends contacting our senators and representatives to express our views. These pages include the fact sheets prepared by IPL so that people of faith may confidently approach our political leaders requesting attention to the actions that are priorities for us.
Making an appointment by email to visit elected leaders or their staff in person is the best way to create a relationship and help them understand our priorities. But this can be difficult to do especially if it involves travel. The next best thing is to pick up the phone and call his or her office, and to tell the staffer briefly our position and our reasons for it, or to do the same by writing an email or letter to the leader. The least effective measure is to click a box on a mass email request. Personalizing our approach gets attention.
Many political leaders express appreciation for the concerns of people of faith. They know we are not speaking out first as environmental advocates, but rather first as people of faith who care deeply about creation, the poor, and future generations. When visiting with them, we do not need to be experts in fields that are not our own. The critical matter is that we express our convictions in terms of the moral and ethical values reflected in our faith traditions. Having access to our leaders is a great privilege Americans should never take for granted. Expressing our citizenship in this way only makes our nation, and our world, stronger and healthier.
Here is contact information for Senator Dan Coats (R) and his environment legislative assistant Phillip Pinegar. Here is contact info for Senator Joe Donnelly (D) and his and his environmental legislative assistant Chase Kitchen. To find out contact information for your congressperson, go here. Ninth District Rep. Todd Young (R) will be leaving his position to run for Sen. Dan Coats's office this November--therefore, cultivating him may be important even for those not in his district. His legislative assistant is Andrew Terp.