Write A Personal Appeal

Writing a personal appeal to your friends and family about what you’re involved in is important.  It helps the people around you to know what you care about, and it helps spread the word.  Anyone can write one, and everyone who feels up to it should.

Keep it simple, and speak from the heart.  Tell your friends and family what you’re doing and why, and invite them to join you.  Then post your personal appeal in the comments below for others to see!

Here’s a great one written by Genevieve, one of our lead organizers, written just before Moving Connecticut on 9/24/11:

To my dearest friends and family,

On September 24th, I will be joining hundreds from across the state of Connecticut in New Haven to participate in a global day of action put together by the environmental organization 350. The event is called ‘Moving Planet’ and it is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. I wanted to take a moment to share with you my reasons for choosing to participate in this event and why this movement means so much to me. I hope you will take the time to read this, and consider doing what you can on 9/24 to attend a Moving Planet event near you, or to send support from afar.

To me this day of action is not just about supporting our nation and world to move beyond fossil fuels and to take the necessary steps towards solving the climate crisis – it is something much bigger.

To me this day of action taking place in New Haven and around the world represents not only promoting awareness of the global climate crisis, but is also a chance to bring the world together in unity.  It’s about bringing people and communities together around the world to celebrate and focus on one common goal: our future. It is a platform through which we can all come together, regardless of our political, religious, or cultural backgrounds to acknowledge that we all share a common dream of a brighter and better future, whatever that looks like. It is about moving forward and creating this future we envision for our own lives, and also the lives of our children, and our children’s children. It is a celebration of our differences, but also our union as one people, all humans sharing one home, one planet.

I am going to New Haven on September 24th because in this fast changing world of uncertainty, fear too often takes over my mind and my perceptions of what the future holds, and I am ready to move beyond this fear and face it head on with determination and inspiration. Inspiration fueled by the single most powerful source of energy to create change on this planet: the power of the people. Each generation is faced with the challenge of leaving behind a legacy of what we were able to achieve during our fleeting time on this planet. I have hope that the generations alive today can rise to the challenge of creating a better and more prosperous future together. All it takes is action.

So let’s come together. Let’s create the change that we seek.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

Thank you for your time and support,


Visit www.moving-planet.org/ to find an event near you or come and join us in New Haven on the 24th. Visit 350ct.org/move/ for more info.

1 thought on “Write A Personal Appeal”

  1. Dear Family, Friends, and Acquaintances:

    Yesterday Tollie and I were among the 12,000 folks who encircled the White House in protest of the planned Keystone XL Trans-Canada Pipeline. I know it can be disheartening to read multiple emails about the latest in environmental degradation. But this one seems to us to be one we CAN influence. President Obama will be making a decision in the next few weeks on the permit for this pipeline, which would run from Alberta, down the U.S. West and Midwest to refineries in Texas. The pipeline decision has been making its way quietly through the State Dept, under the guise of providing jobs and energy independence for the U.S. BUT, reality is that the jobs would be small in number and transient… and the energy from tar sands just further enslavement to big oil, (Surprise- much of the oil would not even remain in the U.S.). Here are some of the facts:

    1. The pipeline would traverse the shallow Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska, which supplies much of the drinking water and agricultural irrigation for the Midwest. Need we be reminded of the recent Yellowstone River spill, the Gulf Oil disaster, and the recent New Zealand oil spill?
    2. The development of tar sands oil requires large quantities of water, which then lie in contaminated pools, ripe for groundwater pollution.
    3. The boreal forests of Alberta, home to an indigenous people and millions of North American songbirds, is being stripped and turned into sludge. Check out the before and after photos that the oil industry would rather you not see: Tar Sands Before and After
    4. Development of tar sands oil releases huge quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere and is some of the dirtiest oil around. See the recent NY Times editorial: Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers

    If there’s one environmental email or phone call you can think of making this year, please consider contacting President Obama this week. You can send an email from the NRDC Tar Sands Action website (NRDC Tar Sands Action) or call him at 202-456-1111. Urge him to keep his campaign promise that his administration would release us from the tyranny of big oil and would begin addressing the crisis of global climate change.

    PS Thanks for “listening” (and for a phone call or email). It felt great to be part of an energized crowd of “environmentalists” from all walks of life…and check out the photo download of Tollie at the White House!

    Val Rossetti


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