This is a sample to guide you; use your own words and let the conversation flow as much as possible! Remember – if the legislator or staff ask a question and you don’t know the answer, it’s a great opportunity to say: “I don’t know, but I’ll find out and get back to you!”
Explain reason for CAN 12 Point Plan – written due to the emergency nature of climate disruption. CAN has determined priority bills supporting each point.
Legislature needs to step up on climate and not treat as business as usual. Climate needs to be top priority – not traded away for any other issues.
CAN will be rating legislators on their strong and public support for legislation.
We urge support for (or thank for) acknowledgement that we are moving toward 100% renewable energy and opposition to new fossil fuel infrastructure.
We urge support for accelerating the move away from fossil fuels and to 100% renewables by increasing the RPS to 3%, removal of solar net metering cap, rapid development of increased, resilient battery storage, and moving the building and transportation sectors rapidly to become electrified and energy efficient approaching zero net energy.
We urge you to support other bills on the list on building, transportation, energy efficiency, carbon pricing, divestment, financing, green jobs. We feel that the legislature is capable of tackling this problem from multiple angles so that we can actually prevent the worst climate disruption. Every piece of the puzzle helps to get us to our goal more quickly.
Asks – Speaker _________________
Support all of the CAN bills, a comprehensive approach.
Promote urgent, accelerated action on climate by showing public support, raising visibility, working with colleagues.
Remind of scorecard criteria and ask to contact us with anything creditable.
Convince a non-supporting colleague to support a particular bill.
Sign the pledge not to take fossil fuel or utility money.
Close – Speaker ___________________
Thanks the legislator or staff member for their time.
Find out if staff member has questions or would like any additional information.
Confirm the information you will follow-up with; and the next meeting time.
Be sure to get contact information for any relevant staff members!
End with a final thank you for time and support, and that you look forward to staying in touch.
Debrief – Facilitator ___________________
How did it go? Did you accomplish your goals? What were the responses to asks? What is the follow up and who will do it? Who will edit and provide notes to the group?