08/18/2022

How to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard

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When climbing is threatened and fast action is required to save it, Access Fund activates the climbing community over email and social media. Our Action Alerts include a detailed breakdown of the issue, as well as talking points and an easy letter-writing tool. Together, they help you speak up quickly and effectively, getting your voice to the right people to make the most impact.

Bouldering in the Buttermilks, California. Ancestral lands of Numu, Newe Segobia, and Eastern Mono/Monache. © Eric Fallecker.

What to Do When You Get an Action Alert

1. Act Fast

Time is always of the essence. Act fast when you receive an Action Alert to make sure your voice is heard before access decisions are finalized. With the easy letter-writing tool that we include with Action Alerts, it only takes a few minutes to speak up.

2. Make it Personal

Review the talking points we provide, but don’t just copy and paste them into your message. Put your own personal spin on the issue, and include your perspective on how it will affect you and your climbing community. Personalized messages are much more effective advocacy tools than form letters.

3. Share with Other Climbers Who Care

Take the time to spread the word to other climbers who care about climbing access and are ready to take action. Forwarding the action alert with a personal note to some of your close contacts is the first and best way to get the word out, and sharing on social media is a close second.

4. Get Creative

Don’t be afraid to do more. Call your legislators. Go to their town halls and ask questions about outdoor recreation. Write more letters. There are tons of creative ways to continue to advocate for sustainable climbing access.

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