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5 Tips to Be An Effective Advocate

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you want to be an effective advocate for conservation, the most important thing you can do is make contact with your Legislators. It’s pretty simple to do and very gratifying. 

Here are 5 tips to be successful:

1. Legislators are people like you: most Legislators first got involved with politics to make a difference for their community. They can only represent their community well if they hear from you about issues that are important to you and their District.

2. If you live in their District, you matter to them: as a voter, you have a direct influence on the outcome of the next election. Legislators who hear from you will assume that you vote, and you also talk with other constituents who vote.

3. Just a few contacts make a difference: several politicians have said that contact from just five people in the District is equivalent to a groundswell of interest on an issue.

4. You don’t have to be an expert for your voice to be heard: some people fear that they don’t know enough about an issue to make contact. Please keep in mind that: 1) people who are opposed to your viewpoint (who may not know what they are talking about) will not hesitate to make contact and you don’t want their voices to carry the day; and 2) Legislators have access to numerous experts, but they want to know how much you care about a particular issue.

5. It’s easy to make contact: every legislator has a phone number and an email (or sometimes an email form). Whichever way you like to communicate, they would like to hear from you.

If you enter your address into this form on the Connecticut General Assembly’s website, you will get phone numbers and emails to contact your Legislators. Thank you!