NRDC and the Defenders of Wildlife have petitions with sample letters. We know phone calls are given far more weight than petitions, so after signing I gratefully used the Defenders of Wildlife letter template as a script for phone messages federally and on the state level.
I am one of the 4 in 5 Americans [or “concerned individuals” if you are writing outside the US] who support the Endangered Species Act and do not want to see it gutted. I am outraged you are proposing to dramatically weaken the law that has helped bring countless imperiled species back from the brink of extinction.Without the ESA, we might not have the bald eagle, the manatee, the grizzly bear, the American gray wolf, or the American alligator, among many other species.I am especially troubled that the proposed changes will:* Make it more difficult to extend protections to threatened species, delaying lifesaving action until a species’ population is so small it may be challenging or impossible to save* Exempt climate change from key parts of the law, making it more difficult to protect the polar bear, the bearded seal, and many other imperiled species that are impacted by the effects of climate change* Allow economic factors to be analyzed when deciding if a species should be saved* Make it easier for companies to build roads, pipelines, mines, and other industrial projects in critical habitat areas that are essential to imperiled species’ survivalPlease reverse course and save the Endangered Species Act. Thank you.Sincerely,[Your Name]