Friday saw millions of people around the world striking for global action on climate change. More than 6,000 websites pledged to go dark for the day and countless companies shut their doors to give their staff a chance to jump into the fray. But there is still more to do.
I’m writing to my local state and federal members to demand action, and you can do the same. In fact, I’d love you to do the same. I’ve included a template that you can use to send an email to representatives from your federal electorate, and your local state representative.
My local state and federal members are both Liberal, so I’ve tailored my email towards them and their lack of action on climate change. If your members are from another party, you might want to change bits to suit their party and position better.
Now all you have to do is grab the template below, give it a bit of your own spice and send it on its way. Share it with your friends, share it with your family. Copy, steal and plagiarise the shit out of it. Let’s show our government that Australia is serious about climate action.
Global Climate Strike: We need action on the Climate Crisis
Dear____________MP (try to call them by their name and avoid calling them a dickhead)
My name is _________ and I am a constituent of _________ (enter your electorate) in ________ (enter your suburb).
I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned that Australia is not taking enough action to fight the climate crisis and is going in the wrong direction on climate change.
The Great Barrier Reef is dying, the Amazon is burning and our planet is suffocating. Australia’s current action on climate change is insufficient, and a slap in the face to the younger generations who cannot yet vote and will have to fix this mess and face the consequences.
The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming states ‘Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.’ We have yet to see even a skerrick of this drastic action required by the Australian (or your state government) Government. Instead, Adani has been approved, drilling is being considered in the Bight and we are considered one of the eleven worst countries for deforestation by the WFF.
Now is the time to act. The costs of renewable energy are falling, and supporting a green economy not only ensures a future for us and this planet but is also beneficial to Australian jobs and progress.
As my representative in ________ (State or Federal) government, I am asking you to call for stronger action on our climate crisis. Please forward my letter to Sussan Ley, Minister for Environment, raise these issues in Parliament, and discuss our concerns with other elected officials.
Yours in climate action,
________ (your name, sorry no nicknames this time Princess Consuela Banana Hammock)
Climate Action Now!