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Conservation Education Day March 6, 2019
Conservation Education Day (CED) has been a joint effort of the Tennessee Environmental Council, the Tennessee Sierra Club and Tennessee Conservation Voters for many years. Environmentalists take a day to meet with their state legislators in Nashville to promote the passage of bills which preserve and protect our water, air and lands, and to block those which would do it harm.
To prepare you for the meeting, there will be lobbying training and "ask" education in Nashville on Tuesday, March 5th from 6-9 pm. You don't have to attend the training to participate on the 6th. The legislator meetings will be on Wednesday, March 6, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cordell Hull building. Each meeting is about 10 minutes long and cannot be arranged unless there will be a constituent at the meeting. Last year, 45 of us met with 35 of the 132 total legislators. We need you to help us increase the number of legislators we meet with this year!
In advance of CED, the Political Committee and others will work with our partner conservation groups to develop a common agenda of key legislative items for 2019. Due to the dynamics of the legislature, the final list won't be known until the week before CED. Example of "asks" are voting for TennCan (bottle deposit) and PACE (energy efficiency financing).
The key committees for many issues are the Agriculture And Natural Resources Committees and the Government Operation Committees. Most of the members on these committees are not from the major cities. We need more CED participation by environmentalists from the non-urban/suburban areas. Come join us! This is an important event and it is very satisfying!
Please show your interest in participating by signing up below. Please specify what TN General Assembly Senate & House Districts you live in. You may look them up here.