Here is a sample of a letter to a local govenment official, urging him or her to support the WIP process to care for God's creation and God's people by acting to clean up and preserve the waters in our streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Use this letter, or parts of it as you think fit, to make your voice heard.
Dear Councilmember ___________________
I am writing to you as a resident of, and voter in, your district because I am concerned, as I know you are, about the efforts that are currently underway to clean up our surface waters and the Bay, by limiting the pollution we allow into the water supply. I urge you to help our community meet the limits set out in the Pollution Diet established by Chesapeake Bay states and the EPA.
I am part of the Chesapeake Covenant Community (CCC), an organization of people of faith who have agreed that we must act on our religious convictions, as stewards of the abundant blessings of creation. We seek to bring about changes that will restore the land and the waters in our streams and rivers, and in the Bay. For so long we have taken clean water for granted. Now we realize that our actions have a large impact on what flows in our streams, into the Bay, and out of our faucets.
I’m sure you agree that it is important and urgent that we find ways to reduce pollutants in our waterways. There are many stake holders who bring different perspectives to this debate. It’s controversial because there are some, such as farmers, or folks on septic systems, who feel that they are being unfairly targeted in this effort and that they will have to bear an unfair share of the burden of “Saving the Bay.” That’s why your role as a leader is so important right now. All of us—county officials, scientists, farmers, businesses, mothers and fathers, share a commitment to preserving the waters that are essential to Baltimore County’s economy and future, and essential for life. We must work together to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan and to see that it gets properly and equitably implemented.
Please let me know what you are doing to bring the community together around this issue. The Chesapeake Covenant Community is working with faith communities in the county, to help citizens think about the sacredness of God-given water and the importance of safeguarding its purity. Can we help you to work with the churches and other communities of faith in your district to achieve a consensus about how we should move forward?
Here’s what Rabbi Cardin of Baltimore said about this recently:
“The world of tomorrow will not be the world of yesterday. It will take more than science and knowledge, more than money and regulations to get us from here to there. It will take our trust, it will take our will, and it will take our faith. We are not engaged in an us-vs-them agenda. It is not about jobs vs the environment; enviros vs progress, government vs the people. Our task can be stated simply:
It is about us taking care of nature so nature can take care of us. There is a great future waiting for us; we must find the way, and we must all get there together.”
Thank you for your continuing leadership on this issue. I look forward to hearing from you soon.