Making your voice heard is an important aspect to any environmental issue that impacts us.  One way to speak out and make your voice heard is to testify at a public hearing.  Public hearings are held for almost all important issues that may impact local communities or impact our environment.  Practicing your speech or public comments is a good way to get rid of the stage fright most of us feel when we have to speak in front of a crowd.  You can practice by writing out your comments beforehand, keep the comments short and to the point, and practice your testimony in front of friends or family.

Tips for writing your own testimony

Here are some examples of testimony the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter has given:

Testimony to House: State Budget to OEPA (HB 153)

Jen Miller, Presented to the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Apr 15, 2011

Testimony at PUCO: Public Utility notice requirement (HB 95)

Jen Miller, Presented to the Public Utilities Committee and Ohio House of Representatives, Mar 23, 2011

Testimony in support of stronger residential and commercial building codes

CJ George, Presented to the Board of Building Standards, Dec 10, 2010

Testimony against Killen Biomass Air permit

CJ George, Presented to the OEPA, Dec 13, 2010

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