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September 5, 2008

USEE Action Alert: Ask Your Representative to Support EE today!

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 is expected to be voted on NEXT WEEK by the full House of Representatives.
The No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 amends the National Environmental Education Act and achieves several of the Coalition’s key goals – authorizing funding for teacher training, expanding environmental education programs, and setting up a grant program to encourage states to create environmental literacy plans.

As we prepare for a House vote, now is the time for YOU to contact your representative.

Please take a few minutes and contact your representative to urge them to vote for the legislation on the floor.

Find Your Representative

Representative Rob Bishop (1st)
Phone: 202-225-0453 Fax: 202-225-5857
Representative Jim Matheson (2nd)
Phone: (202) 225-3011 Fax: (202) 225-5638
Chris Cannon (3rd)
Phone: (202) 225-7751 Fax: (202) 225-5629

You can also directly email your representative through the NCLI Coalition website, www.NCLICoalition.org, by clicking on “Contact Your Congressperson” and filling out the short form.

Below, we have included a Sample Letter to help you craft your letters and emails to Congress. Customize your letter by including information about your interest in environmental education.

The No Child Left Inside Coalition is growing every day and now has more than 690 member organizations, representing more than 40 million people who understand the value of environmental education. Now is the time for their voices to be heard in Washington.

For more information about the NCLI Act, visit www.NCLICoalition.org. And thanks for your support!

Sample Letter to Urge Support

Targets: All House Members who will vote on the NCLI Act.

E-mail Subject Line: Support the No Child Left Inside Act (HR 3036)
Dear Representative xx:

I am writing to urge you to support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 (H.R. 3036) when it comes before the House of Representatives next week. This legislation addresses critical environmental challenges by strengthening and expanding environmental education in America's classrooms.

Environmental education is critical now because of the complex environmental challenges confronting the nation and world, which require an informed citizenry and engaged, knowledgeable individuals.

Environmental education also provides strong benefits in the classroom. It has been shown to excite students by engaging them in their world and getting them outside to learn and explore. Environmental education also promotes higher-order thinking skills and is correlated with higher test scores in math and reading.

Today, environmental education is hampered by a lack of adequate funding, both at the state and federal levels. The No Child Left Inside Act will create vital new funding to train teachers, expand programs, and help states create environmental literacy plans to ensure that students are environmentally literate. It is strongly backed by the No Child Left Inside Coalition, which has more than 500 member organizations from across the country, all of whom believe it is critical to improve environmental education.

Please support environmental education for all students by voting for H.R. 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act.


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