Why Advocacy is Important

Advocacy - or influencing public policy and elected officials - is important to make sure we have a healthy environment, from stopping habitat destruction to creating more parks and protected areas.  

Since governments manage public lands, people should expect and demand accountability from government officials. 

By attending meetings, speaking out and communicating with government officials, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) works for strong conservation policies at the local, state and federal levels.  For example, the chapter has advocated for measures to:

  • Stop climate change
  • Support stronger tree and habitat conservation
  • Increase parks and protected areas
  • Encourage more natural landscaping
  • Ensure cleaner air and water
  • Support low-impact development approaches, and
  • Develop more "green" and energy-saving buildings

ASNV serves on local governmental committees and commissions to help protect our environment.

Sign up for National Audubon's Action Alerts to keep current on what Congress is doing. Visit audubonaction.org/audubon

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." Margaret Meade, anthropologist