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.
- Thank the government for introducing climate accountability legislation, which bodes well for Canada’s ability to meet targets, hold government responsible and drive down climate pollution.
- Canada has missed every greenhouse gas target it has set. This bill can put an end to broken promises.
- Legal accountability as put forward in this bill is a fundamental part of effective and democratic policy.
- 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 breakdown.
- Canada must act quickly, especially over the next five years, to reduce its emissions and meet its commitments. The bill should add a 2025 target to ensure that this legislation aligns with what international science tells us is needed.
- This legislation could help put Canada on a path to reduce climate risk and create more jobs in low-carbon sectors and improve people’s health and resilience, even as we continue to prioritize our pandemic response.
- Together we will co-create a better, safer, more equitable and resilient future.
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.