With Trump in the White House and Congress controlled by friends of the fossil fuel industry and climate deniers, we need to fight even harder at the local level if we want to push for an immediate transition to clean energy. That’s why Food & Water Action has launched the Off Fossil Fuels campaign.
If you’re new to the Off Fossil Fuels campaign, start here!
Read the Campaign Overview to learn more about Off Fossil Fuels.
Then sign up for an Off Fossil Fuels overview call to hear how to get involved and ask any questions you might have.
Volunteer from your computer: sign up here to join a Central Volunteer Team to support the climate movement from home, on your own time.
Volunteer locally: if you’d like to get started organizing locally in your community, check out our guide to holding a new volunteer meeting.
Finally, join the Off Fossil Fuels Slack team. Slack is a free online messaging tool that allows us to easily communicate with each other throughout the day.
Start a local group
Local groups are the backbone of a strong movement! Check the map of Food & Water Action offices and partners; if there isn’t one near you, consider starting your own group. First things first: read our guide on holding a new volunteer meeting. If you’re holding a meeting or another event, click here to create an online sign-up page and we can help recruit for your event.
Another important part of starting a group is to collect petitions. Petitions not only help you win your campaign by showing elected officials how many people are with you, but they can also be used to build your new group. Everyone who signs a petition should be invited to your next meeting!
Here’s our guide on How to Collect Petitions in your community.
Elected official pledge
We’re asking elected officials at every level of government to pledge to support policies that get us off fossil fuels and transition us to 100% renewable energy. Read more and find answers to common questions in our FAQ document.
Ask your local representatives to sign the pledge! Here’s a Guide to Meeting With Your Elected Officials that will help you and your team get prepared. Here’s the Online Pledge, and a printable Paper Pledge. You can check to see if your representative has signed the pledge in the list of Elected Official Pledge Signers.
Local resolutions calling for 100% renewable energy
If your elected officials have signed the Off Fossil Fuels pledge, now you can work to pass a resolution to support 100% clean energy.
Social media can be an incredibly powerful tool for educating and engaging new people. While Facebook and Twitter are no substitutes for face-to-face organizing (more on that here), these tools are a great complement to all the work you’re doing out in the community.
Check out our Social Media Toolkit for tips and sample content. Remember to always use #OffFossilFuels when you’re posting!
And if you’re making graphics or other materials yourself, check out our Style Guide for logos, fonts and logos!