As the election nears, here is how you can be nature's advocate
Posted on October 24, 2022 in Blog
As we near the 2022 election, legislators and candidates are making their final pitch, but they're also listening to their constituents. This election cycle has been dominated by social and economic issues. This is your opportunity to be an advocate for Iowa's environment - the land, water and wildlife that make Iowa special and are vital to our wellbeing.
Connecting with candidates now can pay off after the election as newly elected or re-elected legislators set their policy agenda for 2023 and beyond. Now is the time to let them know that you support investment in Iowa's parks, trails and wildlife areas, or that you want to see action to improve Iowa's water quality.
Here's what you can do:
- If you're not familiar with legislators or candidates in your district, find them here.
- Once you've identified candidates, you can find their contact information here.
- Then, get in touch. Call, email or attend an event where you can speak in person.
What to say:
Tell them why you care about Iowa's environment, what you love to do outdoors and that you support candidates that will advocate for Iowa's land, water and wildlife. Your personal story can make a lasting impression with candidates — one that they'll remember as they start making policy decisions next year. If you're looking for specific programs to mention, here are a few INHF will be supporting:
Finally, make sure you thank candidates and legislators for their support of conservation in Iowa. Let them know that you appreciate every time they advocate for policy that will improve water quality, protect and restore native habitat, or create more spaces for outdoor recreation.
As we get closer to the start of the Iowa legislative session in January, we look forward to engaging with people that want to be Nature's Advocate in Iowa. If you are interested in being an advocacy volunteer with INHF, please reach out to Public Policy Director Anna Gray at email@example.com.