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This is how you change a conversation

Just three weeks after climate volunteers paid a visit to their members of Congress to urge them to act on climate, OFA supporters held events nationwide to highlight how certain members of Congress are still in denial about climate science. Two days earlier, 31 senators had camped out in the halls of Congress to urge their colleagues to wake up and take action—and on Thursday, volunteers across the country amplified that message.

Here are a few highlights:

Charlottesville, Virginia—Volunteers continued to build out their teams while recruiting for a statewide climate change training.

Kalamazoo, Michigan—OFA volunteers were joined by coalition partner Cleanwater Action at a rally and visit to Rep. Fred Upton's office. Despite unseasonably cold weather, spirits were high—and volunteers were even thanked by several community members passing by.

Dallas, Texas—Volunteers visited the Dallas Oak Lawn office of Senator Ted Cruz. They spoke to the Senator's staffer about the serious implications of dismissing the effects of climate change, and urged Sen. Cruz to end the climate change denial.

Orange County, California—OFA volunteers weren’t just calling out the deniers; they also took time to support representatives who are leading the way toward taking action. In Orange County, volunteers met with Rep. Loretta Sanchez's lead field representative to voice their thanks.

Brooklyn, New York— At Rep. Michael Grimm’s office, volunteers spread the word about the dangers of ignoring climate change.

Jamie K., a constituent from Brooklyn who helped with post-Sandy recovery, shared his personal story. “We have a really good example of climate change in our neighborhood, and that’s Hurricane Sandy. I helped muck out houses, throw people’s possessions into the streets, and let the garbage trucks scoop it all up and take it away. That’s what climate change is. The recovery documents show that the sea levels have already risen, and that made the impacts of that storm much worse.”

Thanks to all the hard working volunteers, we’re changing the conversation—but need to keep up the momentum. Get involved in your community in the fight to take action on climate change.

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