Now that the dust has settled on a short and intense federal election campaign, what can we do to hold elected Members of Parliament accountable to their platform promises?
Connect or Reconnect with your MP
Find your MP here and send an email or phone their office. Not sure what to say? Here are some ideas:
- let them know you are their constituent (living in their riding)
- if you've met formally with them before, remind them what you met about
- speak from the heart and share your concern about your kids' future if urgent climate action isn't taken
- offer to work with them on that action
- invite them to meet with you and/or a group of parents in your riding
- include a note or hand-drawn picture from your child; older kids can add their own thoughts!
Most of all, let them know you'll be watching them for evidence that election promises about acting on climate change are kept. If your MP didn't take a strong position on climate action during the campaign, maybe share the IPCC report from this summer with them (in case they haven't had a chance to read it yet).
Don't give up! MPs receive a heavy volume of correspondence, so it's likely you may not hear from them for a while, or not hear at all. Set a reminder in your calendar to follow up on a regular basis, restating all the points above. You could also include positive reinforcement if they've taken actions that show they're committed to a more sustainable and equitable future; if their actions demonstrate the opposite, point that out and let them know that's not what you expect from your elected representative.
As always, sharing your actions will inspire others to do the same, so post what you're doing and let us know at [email protected]