Trump Action Toolkit

Ready to Fight Trump? Start Here


With President Trump in the White House, people power is more important than ever. That’s where you come in. When we rise up and speak with one voice, our power multiplies, and with it our ability to enact change.

Trump will be a disaster for our planet, wildlife and the civil rights of people across the country. The Center for Biological Diversity launched this Trump Action Toolkit to help you find fast and easy ways to stand up for what’s right.

You can start by signing our pledge of resistance against Trump’s radical assault on America’s democracy, civil rights and environment. Don’t forget to share it with your friends, family and social media networks.

Other actions you can take:

 

1. Attend a town hall meeting to speak up for the issues that matter to you.

Around the country this week, congressional representatives will be holding town hall meetings in their home districts. This is a perfect chance for you to raise your voice about the issues you care about most — including climate change, protecting wildlife  and habitat, fighting Trump and racism, defending civil liberties and womens’ rights.

Check out this national map to find a town hall meeting near you. Then, all you have to do is show up and speak. And it’s important to ask questions of your representatives and get them on the record.

Here are some key environmental questions to ask:

  • Will you pledge to me today that you’ll do everything you can to fight Trump’s efforts to roll back progress on fighting climate change?
  • What specifically will you do to protect the Endangered Species Act, which just last week came under intense attack from Republicans? The Act has saved bald eagles and is in the process of saving wolves and grizzly bears. Will you pledge to do everything you can to make sure the Endangered Species Act isn’t gutted?
  • I love and value America’s public lands and waters. What specifically will you do to make sure they’re protected from oil and gas drilling, industrial-scale mining and other destructive practices?



2. Volunteer to stand up for wildlife this Earth Day.

President Trump and his agenda pose an immediate threat to everything we hold dear, from the public lands that make America truly great to the wildlife that call those places home. Scientific integrity is under attack, as are vital environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act. This is not, and cannot become, "normal."

That's why on April 22 the Center will bring the resistance movement to Earth Day festivals in every state. We need dedicated people like you to get active locally and nationally. Earth Day is a chance for you to say loud and clear that you won't allow industry to spoil public lands, bad policy to push wildlife to extinction, or politics to trump science.

Are you ready to lead?

Sign up today to learn more about how you can volunteer for this important day of nationwide activism.



3. Call your senator and oppose any attacks on the Endangered Species Act.

The Republican Congress, emboldened by Trump, will wage their war on wildlife more aggressively than ever in recent history. Call your senator and let them know that you, as a constituent, strongly oppose any rollbacks of the Endangered Species Act or any stripping of protections from wildlife or plants at the behest of corporate interests.

Check out our comprehensive list of all Senate office phone numbers.

 

4. Demand a stop to attacks on women and wildlife.

Trump's first executive action after the historic Women's March was to reinstate the global gag rule, restricting access to reproductive healthcare and putting women's lives at risk — and sending a clear message that Trump won't hesitate to pass policies that harm women, people of color and the planet. Congress can overturn the global gag rule. But as soon as the current session of Congress convened Jan. 3, it began attacking women's rights and the environment. 

We need to stand together and keep the momentum of the Women's March going. Email your representatives to demand that they block any attempt to roll back access to reproductive healthcare. 

Find a town hall meeting near you on this national map and please let us know which meeting(s) you plan to attend.

 

5. Help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL.

President Trump signed executive orders Jan. 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines — despite their danger to water, wildlife, climate and people.

Keystone XL would be an environmental disaster: Not only would it dig us deeper into the climate crisis, but the State Department predicts it could spill oil up to 100 times during its lifetime.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and more than 150 American Indian nations. The pipeline will worsen global warming, desecrate sacred lands essential to the Sioux Nation's history, culture and identity, and threaten the water supply of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Please spread the word far and wide on social media. Here are some sample tweets:


#Trump
follows dangerous promise to fast-track fossil fuel pipelines. ow.ly/wKkH308jdM5 #noKXL #noDaPL #Earth2Trump

@realDonaldTrump doubles down on #climate destruction w/ #KeystoneXL, Dakota Access Pipelines orders http://ow.ly/wKkH308jdM5  #noKXL #noDaPL #Earth2Trump

 

You can also make a big impact in your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Email us if you’d like a sample letter.

 

6. Support the Women’s March’s in its "10 Actions for the First 100 Days" campaign.

The historic Women’s March that brought together millions of people in peaceful protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump has launched a campaign — with the full support of the Center, a partner — to engage the public in the political process. Now the Women’s March has launched a new campaign: 10 Actions in the First 100 Days.

Learn more about the campaign.

 

7. Fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

If the Atlantic Coast Pipeline comes to pass, a 554-mile pipeline will carry natural gas from the fracking fields of West Virginia across the Blue Ridge Mountains to southeast Virginia and North Carolina. It will traverse more than 20 steep mountains, require clearcutting of our national forests, and cross more than 1,900 rivers and streams. It will also pass through areas susceptible to landslides and require the use of aerial pesticide spraying to keep the right of way clear of vegetation.

Trump has declared this destructive pipeline one of his top 50 pet projects, but there are still important hurdles for his administration to clear, and this deal is far from done. On Dec. 30 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the draft environmental impact statement for this pipeline, but the analysis was severely inadequate.

There are two things you can do to help fight the pipeline:

Send a letter to FERC urging the agency to overhaul its draft environmental impact statement. It must complete a full review of all potential harms to our water, land and climate.

• Join us for a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. to urge FERC to reject fracked gas and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The hearing will be at The Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk. RSVP and get more details.

 

8. Take to Twitter regarding any of the issues above — or any other political issues important to you — by tweeting your senators.

Did you know all U.S. senators (or their staffs) have Twitter accounts? You don’t have to even follow a particular senator to tweet at her or him.

Here's a list of all U.S. senators' Twitter accounts. And here are some example tweets. Please spread the word far and wide, and don’t forget to include #Earth2Trump!

 

9. Help the movement grow by setting up your own Trump resistance fundraiser for the Center through Crowdrise.

It’s easy. Just go to our #Earth2Trump: We Will Resist Movement webpage and click the gray "FUNDRAISE FOR THIS MOVEMENT" button to set up your page. Then ask your friends and family to rise up and join the resistance.

Every new person that's brought into this fight is another voice standing up for endangered species, clean air and water, a healthy climate, and equality for all. Just imagine what we'll be able to do if each of the Center’s 1.1 million supporters takes just a few minutes to help our #Earth2Trump movement grow by just five more activists.

That's what will be needed if we're going to win. I hope you'll join us in making this happen. And of course, if you prefer simply to give, you can make a donation directly.

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