Many things will be different about this year's holiday season - maybe even the greetings we share with each other.
Along with heartfelt wishes for the health and well-being of family, friends and neighbours, especially those we won't be able to greet in person, what if we extended those wishes to the country and the world?
It's an opportunity to reach out to elected officials, thanking those who have been champions for climate action and reminding politicians at every level that our kids need a healthy and just recovery from COVID-19 and a liveable future.
For Our Kids teams across the country are sending Holiday Cards for Change to elected officials at their local, provincial, and federal levels. Check to see if the team near you is one of them!
Three easy steps to take this on,
on your own or with a group:
Make it personal
Create your card with your kids and family. You can find some designs to print out here or create your own.
Then, tell your story. What are you wishing for?
- Accountability from the federal government to set and reach real goals starting now?
- A commitment to using a sustainability and equity lens to make all decisions, realizing the health of people and the planet are inextricably tied?
- Acceptance of the economic forecasting that show more pipelines are not the investment we need?
- Evidence of understanding the urgency of climate action, based on the scientific evidence?
You and your kids will have your own way of expressing what's in your heart.
Make it bright
Think about ways you can bring friends and family together online for a card-making party: share your thoughts as you're creating them, have some hot chocolate or treats, play some music or sing songs.
You can make the message bright, too! Have your kids imagine what their world could be like in five, ten, or twenty years from now, and convince those who are in public office now that their decisions are directly creating that future.
Make it visible
You can send cards without postage to your MP's office in Ottawa, or email the cards to them (find your MP here). Make sure to send a copy to the Prime Minister ([email protected]), the Minister of Environment and Climate Change ([email protected]) and the Minister of Finance/Deputy Prime Minister ([email protected]).
Take a picture of your kids or yourself with your cards and post on social media. You can tag your elected officials, and remember to tag us (@forourkidscanada) on FB so we can amplify your voice.
Encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to do the same. The voices of parents, grandparents, and kids are needed!
Inspired by the local group Pour Nos Enfants / For Our Kids Montréal who partnered in 2019 with Amnesty International's group there to start this tradition.