Join WWF for Lobby Day 2019
Our nation’s elected leaders play an important role in conservation outcomes both here at home and abroad. That’s why it’s imperative for the individuals they represent to regularly share their concerns, hopes, and aspirations for the future of people, wildlife and wild places. And one of the most effective ways to do so is by meeting with representatives in person on Capitol Hill.
WWF’s Lobby Day event is a two-day experience that educates supporters about the important legislative issues affecting the environment and leverages members from around the country to help influence lawmakers on WWF priorities.
Activists will meet with their congressional representatives and staff to let them know that the environment needs to be a priority in the coming years. Our voice is stronger when we come together to ask for action on climate change and protection of wildlife and wild places.
How WWF Will Prepare You for Lobby Day
After you register for Lobby Day and are confirmed to attend, you will work closely with WWF staff to develop talking points and prepare for meetings with Congressional offices. WWF will host a webinar at the beginning of March that covers conservation priorities, why they are important, and what we’d like Congress and the new administration to take into consideration.
As part of the Lobby Day experience, on March 18, activists will attend a training at WWF’s headquarters in Washington, DC during which they’ll do a review of how Congress functions, practice crucial conversations, and get a policy brief specific to the meetings they will embark on the following day. Participants will be grouped with three to five other activists with whom they’ll attend meetings on Lobby Day. A panel of WWF staff will present overall strategy and answer any questions. By the end of the day, activists will feel comfortable and confident about speaking with representatives and sharing WWF’s environmental priorities.
On Lobby Day (March 19), groups will congregate on Capitol Hill for a day of essential meetings with legislators at the US Capitol Building.
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Become a WWF Lobby Day Team Lead
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Team Leaders. As a Team Leader, you will gain valuable leadership experience by helping prepare participants for their legislative appointments, and you’ll act as the main contact between WWF and your group on Lobby Day.
Team Leads are responsible for:
- Knowing background and relevant positions of assigned legislators (WWF will provide information on this)
- Leading a team from one assigned legislative office to the next
- Providing each legislator or their aide with a copy of the WWF “send ahead,” one week prior to the meeting
- Politely introducing your group as a WWF delegation
- Asking the legislator (either directly or through their aide) to support WWF work as the follow up
- Steering the general discussion of the meeting and bringing a “leave behind” folder
- WWF will provide you with an after action report to fill out how your meetings went
- Team Leads are NOT responsible for recruiting teams
- Team Leads are also NOT required to do all the talking—in fact, the discussion should be constituent driven, with different people speaking to various talking points
Interested in being a Team Lead? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org today and let us know.