Help hold Big Oil accountable for its climate pollution
A letter to the editor is a simple and effective way to raise the important issues in your community.
The editorial pages are among the most-read sections of a newspaper. 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:
Mix and match these or create your own, but remember — this goes to editors of local media outlets, not to politicians.
- Introduce yourself (i.e., I’m a mother, student, Indigenous person, electrician, scientist, new Canadian, etc.).
- Climate change isn’t just a problem for the future. Extreme weather events are already negatively affecting communities and ecosystems worldwide, including here in Canada.
- The oil and gas sector is the largest and fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, so we can’t meet our critical climate targets without reducing these emissions.
- The federal government must announce an ambitious cap on oil and gas emissions before heading to COP28, the United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai starting on November 30.
- The emissions cap should be written for the best interests of people in Canada — not oil and gas companies. Most people in Canada want a fair cap that will reduce oil and gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, in line with the national goal.
- The future of our communities and the planet is at stake. I’m looking to the federal government to implement an ambitious and effective emissions cap policy for the worst polluting sector.
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.