Our Forests. Our Strength.
Call Governor Kemp to Protect Okefenokee
We need to make it clear to Governor Kemp that the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge must be protected from polluting, extractive corporations like Twin Pines Minerals.
Personal phone calls are the most effective way to show elected officials that you care about an issue.
We need you to call Governor Kemp today!
- Fill out the form below, and we’ll call you on the number you provide.
- You’ll hear a recorded message from us and then be prompted to connect to Governor Kemp’s office by pressing *.
- Once connected, press 3 to reach a staff person or leave a voicemail.
- Scroll down to find our sample script and talking points.
Step 1: Introduce yourself. Tell them your name and what county, city, and state you’re calling from.
Step 2: Ask that Governor Kemp take action to protect Okefenokee from destructive mining.
Step 3: Get personal. Tell them why protecting Okefenokee Swamp is important to you.
Here’s a sample script to use during your call:
Hi, my name is __________, and I’m calling from __________ COUNTY in CITY, STATE. I’m calling to ask that Governor Kemp take action to protect the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from mining that could damage its delicate ecosystem, threaten its biodiversity, and risk an important piece of Georgia’s tourism economy. Governor Kemp can take action now by insisting that the Environmental Protection Division require a full environmental assessment of the Twin Pines mining project before issuing any of their requested permits.
I want to see Governor Kemp stand up to corporate mining interests and use taxpayer dollars to protect wetland forests like the Okefenokee, which do so much for people and the planet.
The Okefenokee is important to me because:__________
Thank you for hearing my concerns.
Here are additional facts and talking points you can include:
- According to the USDA, an estimated 180 million people rely on forests to capture and filter their drinking water.
- Forests provide natural storm and flooding resiliency and help moderate temperatures.
- Undisturbed natural forests capture more carbon and improve air and water quality.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 233 species of birds, 49 species of mammals, 64 species of reptiles, 37 species of amphibians and 39 species of fish have been identified in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
- The Okefenokee is one of the Earth’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems, the most extensive blackwater wetlands in North America, and one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders.
- The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a key economic driver in both Georgia and northeast Florida. It’s visited by almost 400,000 people and contributes more than $64 million to local economies every year.
- The Kemp Administration must make the health of wetland forests like the Okefenokee a priority.
For additional reference: Check out our recent blog A Critical Update in the Fight for the Okefenokee.