THE PROBLEM

How do we get legislators to advance clean energy policy?

Despite widespread support for clean energy across the state, its an issue that constituents aren’t typically vocal about. Legislators hear from the same people over and over causing legislation to stall and resulting in a missed opportunity of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that neighboring states have already captured.

OUR SOLUTION

Use film to diversify & amplify new voices

In partnership with Conservation Voters of South Carolina, we launched the Dear South Carolina tour. From Beasts of the Southern Wild’s reflection on the aftermath faced by African-American communities following Hurricane Katrina to The Burden’s look at the military’s energy dependance, we used films to engage audiences that legislators don’t typically hear from. Following the films, attendees shared messages supporting a transition to clean energy that were directed at legislators online and through social media. To increase accountability during the legislative session, legislators were invited to select screenings where we captured their reactions to this growing grassroots movement on camera.

Photos: CVSC

EXPLORE THE CAMPAIGN

ORGANIZING TOOLS

Explore the Dear Legislator poster tools that help connect the voices of constituents with legislators.

CAMPAIGN OUTCOMES

250+ new
champions

From veterans to church-goers, we reached hundreds of new, diverse community members.

Shifted key
votes

By elevating the voices of his constituents, we influenced Rep. Elliott (R) to vote in favor of doubling the net metering cap on solar.

Engaged 8
legislators

8 Republican legislators attended events in 4 districts, sharing their support for clean energy.

“Our field organizing program was able to increase the number of legislative contacts by 30% from what we have seen in prior years. It’s a shot of adrenaline that just allows us to take what we do to the next level.”

John TynanExecutive Director of CVSC

NEW CLIMATE CHAMPIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Through our statewide film tour, we are elevating local conservation issues and building the political will needed for clean energy legislation.

Gary Davis

Trout Unlimited leader

Gary Davis, member of the local Mountain Bridge chapter of Trout Unlimited, drew the connection between the story of Chasing Coral and how the warming of local waterways is leading to declining trout populations. Gary helped recruit Trout Unlimited members to future screenings and encouraged community members to elevate this important conservation issue as legislators weigh the state’s energy future.

Jason Elliott

S.C. State Representative (R)

Constituents wrote messages urging State House Representative Jason Elliott (R) to change his mind on supporting solar legislation. He had previously voted down bills that would bring the state of South Carolina closer to a clean energy future. After attending a screening of Chasing Coral and seeing the messages of his constituents, Elliott switched his position on solar, voting in favor of double net meter cap on solar and making solar a more desirable option for residents across the state.