It's holiday season, a time for sending cards to friends and family - and to politicians asking for more action on the climate crisis!
This activity is inspired by the local group Pour Nos Enfants / For Our Kids Montréal who partnered with Amnesty International's group there to put on a card drawing/writing party.
Like them, you could do this in a social setting with friends (maybe with food and holiday cheer!), or you could do this with your family at home.
What you'll need:
- Some kids and grown ups, food/drinks, and a place to gather
- Some blank cards to draw or paint on (maybe re-purpose old ones?), envelopes, and some crayons or basic art supplies
- Some messages for the Prime Minister, cabinet members, Members of Parliament, or other politicians or companies
You don't even need a stamp if you send your cards to any Member of Parliament (which includes the Prime Minister or cabinet members) - just address it to her/him at: House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6.
BONUS: Take pictures of your activity and/or your cards before you send them and post to social media. Send pics to us and we'll amplify - you can email them to email@example.com or tag us on Facebook at @ForOurKidsCanada
Here are some of the messages kids from Montreal sent to Justin Trudeau:
Thank you for taking climate change seriously. My little brother is 3 and I want him to be safe. I am 6.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
My mommy says you can solve climate change but that I need to tell you to do it.
From Emma, age 7
I’m scared humans are going extinct. Please fix the climate.
From Edward, age 10
Dear Justin Trudeau,
All I want for Christmas is a future. Please stop climate change.
From Maria, age 14
I wantto ride in a elctric trane to Toronto. Not a gaz car.
Lucas, 6 years old
Or, feel free to add your own messages about green jobs, a climate emergency response plan, respecting indigenous rights, and more!