PRAYING FOR JERRY BROWN VIDEO MESSAGES
We need your help to move Governor Brown and let him know we have his back! Governor Brown is a person of faith. He also cares deeply about climate change and this September is hosting the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. However, our Governor has yet to stand up to the worst polluter, the oil industry. This comes at a time when we have clear studies showing that there are health impacts from drilling and fracking. Ahead of the September summit, would you please create and send a video message to Governor Brown letting him know that you’re praying for him and that you have his back when it comes to standing up to the fossil fuel industry?
Here’s how to create a video message for Gov. Brown:
A) The most powerful messages to the Governor include these components (pick 1 or 2 from each section for your video):
1. What we’re asking of him:
Implement 2,500 ft. setback limits on drilling operations near homes and schools to protect public health from toxic drilling practices.
Commit California to NO new permits for oil and gas wells.
More than 20,000 permits for new oil & gas wells have been approved on your watch.
Over 850,000 Californians currently live within 2,500 feet of an active oil or gas well and scientific studies tell us it’s dangerous to live near oil extraction.
California state scientists recommended, in 2015, human health buffer zones around all oil extraction because the toxic chemicals that are used in oil operations are extremely dangerous and cause serious health impacts. These buffer zones have yet to be enacted.
Low income communities and communities of color are suffering health impacts because of oil & gas drilling.
3. Personal stories, Our Moral responsibility, and How this makes you feel:
We have a moral responsibility to protect those most vulnerable.
We need bold action on climate to protect our communities and future generations.
Share a personal story if you are a front line person of your own health impacts or perhaps the health impacts of someone you know.
How this makes you feel.
B) Start off your video by thanking the Governor for highlighting the need to address climate change
There are very few leaders as outspoken as the Governor, and so while we are asking the Governor for action, we also want to express gratitude for acknowledging the crisis. Then, ask him for bold leadership on the subject.
Below is a sample script.
C) Sample script
“Dear Gov. Brown, my name is [Name Here] and I am a [Faith Leader/Person of Faith/Concerned Person/ETC.]. I want to express my deep gratitude for raising awareness on the critical issue of Climate Change. But as you know, to really address the climate crisis, we need action like no one has taken before. And for that, I am praying for you, Governor Brown to be the climate leader I know you can be by committing California to NO new permits for oil and gas wells and by implementing 2,500 foot setback limits statewide to protect the health of our communities and the environment.”
Optional : (Add Talking Points)
"-More than 20,000 permits for new oil & gas wells have been approved on your watch.
-Over 850,000 Californians currently live within 2,500 feet of an active oil or gas well.
-Low income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by oil & gas drilling that our own state scientists say is toxic.
-California state scientists recommended, in 2015, human health buffer zones around all oil extraction because the toxic chemicals that are used in oil operations are extremely dangerous and cause serious health impacts. These buffer zones have yet to be enacted.
-As a person of faith, I can’t in good conscience sit idly by as people are poisoned by oil drilling in their own homes or communities. Everyone has a right to clean water and air, Governor.”
“Thank you Governor Brown, I pray for you have the courage to take action and support the most vulnerable by implementing these critically important and necessary measures during your final months in office. I believe in you Governor Brown, please don’t let us down.”
D) For these videos, we suggest using Twitter to record them and then tweet them at the governor via Twitter.
Here’s the step by step guide on how to create a #PrayingForJerryBrown Twitter Video:
Tap the Tweet icon on your smartphone
Then tap the photo icon.
Next, tap the video icon to access video mode.
Record a video by holding down the record icon
To add more to your video, simply press and hold record again. You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of video.
When you are done recording your video, tap Done. You can preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the play button. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.
Tap Tweet to share your message and video.
Consider using this sample tweet language:
.@JerryBrownGov Praying for your last chance to take real #climate action & protect our communities. #BrownsLastChance #PrayingForJerryBrown #KeepItInTheGround #JustTransition #WeSTAND #2500ftSetbacks
If you have questions, feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org