Citizen Action Guide

Oregon Environmental Council was founded in 1968 by citizens who wanted a strong environmental voice in decision-making.

Today, increasingly complex environmental challenges require active, informed citizens more than ever.

Here are some tips for exercising your citizen responsibilities:

 Stay informed:

Who is making decisions about the environment in Oregon?

More than a dozen state agencies work with The Governor’s Natural Resource Office to advance the state’s environmental programs (see 10 year plan). The state legislature shapes agency work with legislative measures and budget decisions. Agencies also carry out federal law delegated by the US EPA.

It can be challenging to track all the decisions across so many agencies! Here are a few ways to stay informed:

Speak up:

As a citizen and a consumer

Public opinion makes a significant difference for our elected officials, but also for the businesses that have an impact on our environment. Your duty as a citizen and a consumer is to send clear messages about what you value. Here are a few resources to get started:

Spread the word:

Be a catalyst for action and advocacy

Experts have shown that in addition to personal values, people are moved to action by the influence of their social circles. You can move your friends and neighbors to action by making your own actions visible and inviting others to act.

  • Make your actions visible: Look for bumper stickers, yard signs, t-shirts and other ways to express your commitment.
  • Try a fundraiser! Check out these 50 creative fundraising ideas.
  • Help raise the profile of environmental issues: like, share and comment on OEC’s Facebook page. Also check us out on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

3 Replies to "Citizen Action Guide"

  • Oregon Environmental Council | Top Green Resolutions for 2016
    December 31, 2015 (6:26 pm)

    […] Speak up: Your personal experience and independent opinion can be a powerful change-maker. If you’ve never written a letter to the editor or visited your state lawmaker, make 2016 your year. Don’t worry, we can help you out with these tips. […]

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    April 13, 2016 (5:42 am)

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    February 9, 2017 (10:19 am)

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