When speaking for the river, it’s important who you’re speaking to, and in order to make change, you want to speak to those in charge.
In order to tackle larger issues, especially when it comes to the source of pollution in the river, the Potomac Conservancy must petition the local and federal government. Once the group has developed a following who will listen to its voice, it launches campaigns asking its following to vote for specific people or contact their representatives.
For example, the group recently asked Virginia citizens to “vote for clean water” in their 2019 elections, which resulted in more environmentally-friendly candidates being chosen.
Speaking for the river is essential to protecting a resource used by the entire watershed.
The Potomac Conservancy is just one example of groups supporting and protecting “the nation’s river.” However, the organization still has a small reach, and works primarily in the D.C. area rather than the entire Potomac watershed. In order to protect the river, people need to be advocating for its health and purity everywhere it touches. Without people to speak for this natural resource, it remains voiceless and prone to pollution and exploitation.
As the Lorax himself says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”