This earth day, we need to invest in parks, preserves, and planet. It is time to ask our elected official for help!
Take action with us today, over the weekend or next week to ask our elected officials in IL General Assembly and Chicago who serve shoreline communities to invest in nature-based solutions to erosion and rising water levels in Lake Michigan, and to look at our Last Four Miles plan as a guide for such investment.
Will you join us in sending a letter to our shoreline elected officials?
At the bottom of this page is a list of all officials whose districts or wards boarder the lake. You can find your representative or email them all.
We need to remind them of the Last Four Miles plan and ask them to invest in nature-based solutions to erosion and rising water levels in Lake Michigan.
By sending this letter you are entitled to be an official member of Friends of the Parks. To be added as a member please copy firstname.lastname@example.org on the email you send, OR email email@example.com and tell us who you contacted and what date.
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Dear Honorable XXX,
As a constituent from (ZIPCODE), I am writing to ask you to invest in parks, preserves and the planet this Earth Day. You, and all elected officials along Chicago’s shoreline, should invest funds in nature-based solutions to manage the more extreme water levels of Lake Michigan caused by climate change.
The effects of climate change are more serious and more damaging than ever. It’s hard not to be anxious about what is happening to our planet. Our own Lake Michigan and the Chicago’s shoreline is increasingly vulnerable. Scientists predict greater extremes in lake water levels, eroding beaches, and increased intensity of storms that will damage buildings, endanger shoreline residents, and destroy concrete revetments like we have seen at Northerly Island and other Chicago parks. High lake levels and fierce wave action bring on enormous expenditures by public agencies, condo associations, individual homeowners, and business. Our city needs action now to help protect our shoreline and combat the worst effects of climate change. You can help invest in parks, preserve and the planet today by taking the following actions:
Invest more public funds in nature-based solutions to manage the more extreme water levels instead of just moving floodwaters from vulnerable places to places. Now is the time for more significant investment because more money is available than in decades, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act designed $1 billion for restoring the Great Lakes, and The City of Chicago and the Federal government shared funding for a $3 million Lakefront Erosion Study. Not all mitigation measures are created equal. Concrete revetments, metal girders, and other protections simply push higher water to other unprotected places. Nature-based solutions include parkland or beaches that are used and enjoyed by humans and wildlife. Building parks is a cost-effective way to protect lakefront neighborhoods, as the beach, soil, and plantings provide buffering and absorption that help manage fluctuation in lake levels and more frequent and severe storms. These approaches will help us better weather the new realities of climate change.
Elected officials Look Up
Email City officials - To find your officials by your address,
Chicago Wards Along Lake Michigan
49—Maria Hadden- firstname.lastname@example.org 773-338-5796
48 – Harry Osterman- (773) 784-5277- email@example.com.
46 – James Cappleman- 773-878-4646- firstname.lastname@example.org
44 – Thomas “Tom” M. Tunney- 773-525-6034 email@example.com
43 – Michele Smith- 773-348-9500 - firstname.lastname@example.org
42- Brendan Reilly- 312-744-3062 email@example.com
2 – Brian Hopkins- (312) 643-2299, Ward02@cityofchicago.org
4 -Sophia King- WARD04@CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG , (773) 536-8103
5 – Leslie Hairson- 773-324-5555, (could not find an email)
7 – Gregory Mitchell- 773.731.7777 firstname.lastname@example.org
10 – Susan Sadlowski- (773) 768 - 8138 email@example.com
IL House District Along Lake Michigan
14 – Kelly Cassidy- firstname.lastname@example.org (773) 784-2002
12 – Margaret Croke- (773) 348-8974 email@example.com
26 – Kambium “Kam” Buckner- (773) 924-1755 Buckner@illinois26.com
25 – Curtis Tarver (773) 363-8870 firstname.lastname@example.org
IL Senate District Along Lake Michigan
13 – Robert Peters- (773) 363-1996 email@example.com
6 – Sara Feigenholtz- (773) 296-4141- firstname.lastname@example.org
7 – Mike Simmons - 773-945-9979 email@example.com