A letter to the editor can foster conversations about climate change
A letter to the editor is a simple and effective way to raise the important issue of climate change in your community. The editorial pages are among the most-read sections of a newspaper, so a published letter can really get people thinking and talking about climate change.
Research has shown that people’s opinions are more likely to be influenced by their peers and community members than by experts, so your letter can have a real impact.
Share your views and help us reach our goal of 100 published letters to the editor, with at least one from each province and territory.
Here are some suggested speaking points for your letter:
- Introduce yourself (i.e., I’m a mother, student, Indigenous person, engineer, scientist, new Canadian, etc.).
- Share your thoughts, beliefs and fears about climate change. Be as specific, descriptive and personal as you feel comfortable.
- According to the best available science, the next decade will determine whether or not the world will be on track to keep warming below 1.5 C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate chaos. We have no time to waste.
- Canada is doing more than ever to act on climate change, yet our climate targets are still critically insufficient, and are among the least ambitious targets compared to other developed countries.
- To be equitable and in line with climate science, Canada must set an emissions reduction target of at least 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and implement an achievable plan to get us there.
- Canada has missed every greenhouse gas target it has set, so we must establish accountability to ensure current and future governments meet our climate targets. Canada’s Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12) was developed to address this but has been stalled in Parliament.
- The climate emergency is upon us, but so are the solutions. Let’s set the targets the best available science calls for, establish accountability measures and implement a plan to make sure we hit them.
- Let’s get to work. We have no time to waste.
Your name, email and postal code will be included automatically at the end of your message. Do not write in this information at the bottom of your message.