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.).
- Provide the context that MPs are debating federal climate emergency motions this week. Explain that Canada is warming at twice the global rate and we are experiencing more frequent and severe devastating floods and wildfires. There is no doubt that Canada, along with the rest of the world, is facing a climate emergency.
- Share your belief that all parties must support a climate emergency declaration and bold climate solutions in their party platforms to address it.
- 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…
- The global transition to a clean energy economy is already underway at a rapid pace. Canada should be a part of it to help provide stable jobs, a diversified economy and a livable climate.
- A strong majority of Canadians cares about addressing climate change and leaving a safer, more prosperous society for our children and grandchildren and those yet to be born.
- 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.
- Dealing with the climate crisis will take collective efforts. I do my best to reduce my impact on the climate, but we also need our governments (municipal, provincial and federal) to act at the scale and speed necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
- I expect our elected officials in all levels of government to prioritize bold climate action. Inaction is too costly, risky and unjust.
- Having conversations about the impacts of climate change and the importance of the transition to a clean energy economy are important to bridge the divide on this issue. During this election year, get talking about climate change, Canada.
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