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.”
Thank you for your time and support,