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Career Environmental Issue Advocate

  1. 1. Environmental Issue Advocate
  2. 2. Types of Env. Groups <ul><li>Large groups, many issues </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups, narrow focus </li></ul><ul><li>Nonpartison groups for education and research </li></ul><ul><li>Groups promoting solutions based on legal or science basis </li></ul><ul><li>Groups that protect land and ecosystems through purchase and preservation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Group Actions <ul><li>Forming coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative testimony </li></ul><ul><li>Grassroots organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Litigation </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the media </li></ul><ul><li>Polling </li></ul><ul><li>Communication thru technology </li></ul><ul><li>Radical direct action (not part of traditional groups) </li></ul>
  4. 4. The State PIRGs <ul><li>Network of independent citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. </li></ul><ul><li>National office as well as offices at cities in every state, state-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with many issues affecting the public. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some issues addressed: <ul><li>sprawl </li></ul><ul><li>global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Biotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>factory farming </li></ul><ul><li>clean air </li></ul><ul><li>toxic waste </li></ul><ul><li>energy </li></ul><ul><li>banking and financial services </li></ul><ul><li>consumer protection </li></ul><ul><li>health care </li></ul><ul><li>endangered species </li></ul><ul><li>wilderness preservation </li></ul><ul><li>higher education </li></ul><ul><li>clean water </li></ul><ul><li>transportation </li></ul>
  6. 6. Positions: <ul><li>Issue Associate </li></ul><ul><li>Field Associate </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Organizer </li></ul><ul><li>0-1 Year experience </li></ul><ul><li>Recent graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Starting salary: $23,750 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Duties: Issue Associate <ul><li>Master your issue area </li></ul><ul><li>Research and write reports </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and coordinate campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare legislative testimony </li></ul><ul><li>Build statewide and national coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Organize media events </li></ul><ul><li>Raise funds </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with elected officials in support of legislation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits <ul><li>Vacation, Sick Days and Holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Loan Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul>
  9. 9. OSPIRG <ul><li>Environmental Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Global Warming </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaner Cars Initiative </li></ul>
  10. 10. Example of PIRG action <ul><li>“ The Green Life helps the growing </li></ul><ul><li>number of environmentally aware, </li></ul><ul><li>health conscious Americans make </li></ul><ul><li>informed lifestyle decisions. Through </li></ul><ul><li>education, outreach and advocacy, we </li></ul><ul><li>support a demand-driven movement </li></ul><ul><li>toward sustainable consumption, while </li></ul><ul><li>guarding against supply-side </li></ul><ul><li>greenwash.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. AMERICA'S TEN WORST GREENWASHERS <ul><li>Ford Motor Company </li></ul><ul><li>BP </li></ul><ul><li>United States Forest Service </li></ul><ul><li>Chevron Texaco </li></ul><ul><li>General Motors </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear Energy Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>TruGreen ChemLawn </li></ul><ul><li>Xcel Energy </li></ul><ul><li>National Ski Areas Association </li></ul><ul><li>Source: www.thegreenlife.org </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sources <ul><li>http://ospirg.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.thegreanlife.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pirg.org/jobs/ </li></ul><ul><li>Sussan, Glen. Et al. American Politics and the Environment . New York: Longman, 2001. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions?

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