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  Target the Decision-Makers
  Get Involved in the Process
  Build Support
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If you find that a proposed change might adversely affect your community, gather as much information about the proposal as possible and inform your neighbors about your concerns.

  • Alert your community. Let everyone in the neighborhood know about the potential issue.

  • Set up a neighborhood meeting. Arrange a time and place where people who have concerns can meet. Get the word out by posting flyers and sending emails. Briefly explain the potential problem and bill the meeting as a place where people can find out more, share their concerns and organize to deal with the problem.

  • Define the problem. Before the meeting, find out as much as you can about the proposed facility and its potential effects on your community. If it's an incinerator, for example, find out what it will incinerate, specifically, and what pollution and byproducts the incinerator could create. Check the dictionary, a scientific encyclopedia or try a simple Internet search for "incinerator" and "impacts."

  • Enlist the help of others in the community. If you decide at the meeting that something must be done, get the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of those who are interested in helping in some way. Determine what needs to be done initially, and get people working on projects according to their interests and abilities.

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