Tell your family, friends, and neighbors
Write about it
Share on social media
This 2-page handout can be printed for an event or shared virtually with an organization you're involved with.
It details the importance of EPA safeguards for reaching U.S. climate goals under the Paris Agreement, improving air quality, and health equity.
Subject: Your Voice Matters: Take Action on EPA Safeguards for Public Health
Dear [Recipient's Name],
I'm reaching out today to bring an important matter to your attention: the need for active public engagement in supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) air quality and climate safeguards for the sake of public health and health equity.
As you may know, the EPA plays a crucial role in setting and improving environmental protections based on the latest health and scientific evidence. Their efforts not only promote cleaner air but also contribute to better cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, and birth outcomes for our communities. However, the effectiveness of these safeguards depends on the involvement and input of [concerned citizens like you or organization name].
Currently, the EPA has proposed safeguards on carbon pollution from power plants and tailpipe pollution from cars, light trucks, and the heavy-duty fleets. I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with these proposed safeguards on our website: www/wiclimatehealth.org/EPA. Once you have reviewed the details, I kindly request that you consider submitting a public comment to express your support for these measures or provide constructive feedback where necessary. By sharing your insights, concerns, and experiences, you can directly influence the decision-making process.
Your unique perspective matters. Whether you have personally witnessed the impact of poor air quality on health or possess knowledge on the subject, your voice can make a difference. Public comments serve as a vital resource for the EPA to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by communities and individuals affected by air pollution and environmental injustice.
Submitting a comment is a simple process that involves sharing your thoughts and concerns in writing. You can find specific guidelines and tools for submitting comments on our website, along with the submission deadlines (June 16, July 5, and July 24th).
Additionally, I encourage you to spread the word within your network, as collective engagement can have a more substantial impact. Share this email with friends, family, or colleagues who may also be interested in lending their voice to this important cause.
By actively participating in this process, we can help shape policies that prioritize public health, foster cleaner air, and create a healthier future for our communities.
Conversation Starter Ideas
These conversation starters can serve as a basis for engaging in a meaningful discussion about EPA air quality protections for public health at the beginning of a meeting, a lunch chat, or another setting. Feel free to tailor them to suit your audience and further explore their perspectives on the topic:
"Did you know that the EPA has proposed various updated safeguards to improve air quality and protect public health? Which of these measures do you find most significant?"
"Air pollution is a growing concern for public health. Have you come across any recent studies or news related to the impact of poor air quality on our well-being?"
"Have you ever had personal experiences with the effects of poor air quality on your health? How do you think government regulations, like those enforced by the EPA, can help mitigate these issues?"
"I've been reading about the EPA's role in safeguarding air quality for public health. What are your thoughts on their efforts about how our program or department could engage more on environmental health policy?"
"What are your thoughts on the EPA's role in setting air quality safeguards? Do you believe these standards adequately protect public health, or do you think there is room for improvement?"
"The EPA has been instrumental in promoting clean air initiatives. Are there any specific programs or policies that you find particularly effective or innovative? Have you seen any positive changes in your community due to their efforts?"
"As health professionals, what steps do you think we can take to support the EPA's efforts in ensuring air quality protections for public health?"
"Given the global nature of climate change, do you think international cooperation is necessary to tackle this issue effectively? How can the EPA collaborate with other countries to improve air quality worldwide?"
Op-ed and Writing Options
Opinion editorials (op-eds) and letters to the editor (LTEs) are important for policy because they facilitate public engagement, provide diverse perspectives, offer expertise and analysis, hold policymakers accountable, shape public opinion, and establish a feedback mechanism between the public and policymakers. These public expressions of support or opposition can influence policymakers by demonstrating the level of public interest and engagement on a particular issue and fostering decision-making that better addresses the needs and aspirations of communities. Interested? Let us know at email@example.com!
Blogging, Poetry, and Creative Writing
Harness the power of creativity by using poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to convey important messages and evoke emotional responses. Creative writing can engage readers on a deeper level and offer a unique perspective on social issues. Many medical societies also have newsletters or formats that you can write blog posts for.
Example posts and graphics
Utilize social media platforms to raise awareness and advocate for change. Craft impactful posts, share informative articles or videos, and engage with others by starting conversations around critical topics. Hashtags and tagging relevant organizations or individuals can amplify your message.
Example social posts
The @EPAs to #CutClimatePollution from power plants will not only help us cut pollution in half by 2030, but will also improve the health of communities living in the shadow of fossil fuel facilities. Learn more at www.wiclimatehealth.org/EPA
.@EPA’s #CutClimatePollution plan means:
🏭 617M metric tons less carbon pollution thru 2042
🍃 Up to $85B in net climate & public health benefits thru 2042
🏥 300,000 less asthma attacks & 800 fewer hospital/ER visits in 2030
1,300 prevented premature deaths in 2030
🚨The @EPA just released their plans to #CutClimatePollution from power plants and the transportation sector. Your voice is needed to improve health, our climate, and our communities for generations to come. Visit www.wiclimatehealth.org/EPA. 🚨
Thank you @POTUS and the @EPA for recognizing the urgent need to #CutClimatePollution. Now let's take this momentum and find solutions for all types of air pollution - our climate & our health can't wait! Visit www.wiclimatehealth.org/EPA
Social Media Graphics - Coming soon!
Event, Video, & Press Options
Join our Speakers/Press Bureau
We can connect you with opportunities to educate others or speak with the press virtually or in person! We are also happy to pair you with a health professional with experience speaking to help you gain confidence in sharing your story.