Build Public Support

Development of domestic reserves of energy fuels has become a national debate. Prehistoric fossil fuel-based energy policies will continue to create pressure for faster and cheaper production of oil and gas here at home. Proponents of fossil fuel-based energy sources are seeking to make more federal lands available to development, rather than seeking to make America less dependent on fossil fuels, regardless of the source, foreign or domestic. For that reason, it is extremely important to raise public awareness about all the costs of oil and gas development. Lead outings of conservation groups or nature clubs to areas scarred by drill pads and haul roads. Invite and build relationships with elected officials. Encourage trip participants to write letters of complaint or praise to federal agencies and elected officials. Develop a slide show and give talks to local groups about the environmental consequences of oil and gas development. Talk to newspaper and TV reporters and show them your photos.

More on Being an Effective Advocate:

Get to Know the BLM and FS

Arm Yourself with the Facts

Make Use of FOIA

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Get to Know the Areas You Want to Protect

Be Persistent

Don't Burn Your Bridges

Don't Be Intimidated