Express yourself to influence your MP on climate justice
Last year, we saw a global climate movement coalesce to demand bold action to protect us from the climate crisis. In Canada, we made it a central theme of the 2019 federal election, and political parties made key promises and commitments.
This was supposed to be the year of bold action, but 2020 had plans of its own.
Despite the pandemic and its urgent response needs, the need for climate action continues to escalate. The UN climate conference (known as COP, or conference of the parties) was postponed by a year until November 2021.
It’s now up to us all to make sure MPs know how imperative it is for Canada to show up and lead with ambitious climate action in the lead up to COP. Petitions alone aren’t enough to sway politicians, but sharing your own words and perspectives can have a big impact, whether you write a few words or more.
Suggested speaking points
Feel free to write your own letter or choose elements from the suggested speaking points below.
- 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…
- 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.