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 foster conversations 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.).
- Explain how you feel about climate change and the transition to clean energy. You can complete any of the following sentences, or come up with your own:
- What inspires me to protect our climate is…
- My fear about climate change is…
- I’m excited about a transition to clean energy because…
- I expect our governments to take bold action to address climate change because…
- I was personally affected by climate change when…
- Extreme weather fuelled by the climate crisis is making headlines around the world — heat domes, forest fires, floods, droughts. Climatologists expect more records to be broken and more destructive impacts from climate disruption. Here in [name of town], I was personally affected by climate change when….
- One hundred per cent clean, reliable and affordable renewable electricity in Canada is entirely possible, offering a climate solution that will benefit communities, create jobs and improve air quality. That’s something everyone can support.
- I don’t want my tax dollars going to fossil fuel companies as subsidies while they gouge us at the pumps, make windfall profits, aggravate climate change and lobby for weak industry regulations.
- Climate change offers challenges but also the opportunity to reimagine our energy, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture and economic systems to make them cleaner, more inclusive and equitable.
- It is vitally important to respect Indigenous rights and leadership in all aspects of climate action.
- The UN and climate scientists issued a “code red for humanity,” warning that this is our last chance to implement the transformational changes necessary to keep warming below 1.5 C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate chaos.
- The climate emergency is upon us, but solutions are available.
- I expect our elected officials in all levels of government to prioritize ambitious climate action. Inaction is too costly, risky and unjust.
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.