How to Host a Save the Environment Party
So you want to Save the Environment but don’t know where to start?
Lately, the reports on the state of our environment have not been good. The recently released National Climate Assessment painted a bleak picture, coming to the conclusion that Global warming is affecting the United States more severely than ever before, and that the risks of future coastal flooding, crop failure, forest fires, droughts and more— could cost the United States billions and deeply effect our health and well being. But don’t despair! You can make a difference by hosting a Save the Environment party with your friends and neighbors to help raise funds or awareness (or both) around the environment.
Here are downloadable materials and specific suggestions you can use to host your own Save the Environment Party, to get you and your community psyched and ready to take action to (literally) save the world.
What’s a Save the Environment Party?
Saving the Environment means a lot of things: addressing global warming, light and sound pollution, ocean and air pollution, endangered species, protected lands, sustainability, and so much more. Whichever aspect of saving the environment you choose to focus on, this kit will give you the tools you need to host a party with lasting impact.
Choose Your Focus
Like we said, Saving the Environment is a big job. There are many ways to approach making a difference through your Feed our Democracy event. You can:
- Raise funds for environmentally sound candidates. The League of Conservation Voters has a scorecard to help you know which candidates are most likely to support environmentally sound policies. (the midterms may be over, but the elections of 2020 are sooner than you think)
- Write Postcards or Call either your local or federal officials about environmental issues that matter to you. You can use our Postcard and Calling party Tool Kits as a guide. Citizens Climate Lobby helps you find the names and numbers of your local elected officials and provides scripts to guide you in making calls or writing cards.
- Do a Craft – Kids care an awful lot about the environment. So if you’re including them in your event, consider making crafts using upcycled materials. You can find some great ideas here, from our friends at AlphaMom.
As with most FoD events feel free to cut and paste this graphic to use with your invitation. We like to use Paperless Post’s free invitation flier, simply add your own date/time/place for the party to the graphic. Make sure your invite is set to private and share the invitation link with your guests.
This depends on what you’re doing at your party.
- If you’re writing postcards, have some recycled ones ready for your friends.
- Doing a craft? Have whatever you need for the craft (if you’re doing one), or you can ask people to BYOS (Bring your own Supplies)
- Food and drink – or have a potluck.
If your guests ask how they can help out, ask them to bring their own supplies (or to help with pens and notepads for the group) to help you defray costs.
If your have kids at your event, getting them involved is payment enough. For adults, we recommend requesting a donation in the amount of what they would normally spend on a night out with their friends. Choose one of the environmental groups listed on our resource page.
- Register your event – We’re building a virtual and real-life community of citizen-activists. By registering your gathering, you help us all keep track of the impact we’re making together, one #FeedOurDemocracy event at a time.
- Follow-up with guests. Let them know you appreciate their time, and remind them of the action they committed to take.
- Post on social. Use the hashtags #meeteatactivate and #feedourdemocracy and tag @feedourdemocracy on social media.
HAVE FUN and BE PROUD OF YOURSELF
You’re participating in the democratic process and making a difference!
Want to do more? Check out our Resource Guide for Environmental Issues. It’s a great list of organizations you can join or support who are doing important work on these vital issues.
Want more info on hosting a Feed Our Democracy event? Check out our FoD Toolkit for lots of useful info.