By Carrie Tai, co-founder of Neighbours for the Planet
The election is just around the corner. Your vote is one of the most important tools you have to shape the future. If you sit back because you think your vote won’t make a difference then you are letting others decide your future. Remember that the power of the people is stronger than the people in power. So take your power back and VOTE! If we all do this, it will make a difference!
Ask your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers if they are concerned about the climate. It’s time to start climate conversations. We need to advocate for the climate. If you need help with talking about the climate crisis, we have created an Informational Brochure on climate change. You can read it online and also download it to pass on to others or print it to give to people around you. Check out our new Resource page, www.neighboursfortheplanet.ca/resources where we will continue to add other materials that will help empower you to talk about climate.
Make sure the candidates in your ridings and beyond know what is important to you.
There are many ways you can make your voice heard:
Go to local debates and listen to what the official candidates have to say. Ask questions on Climate issues. The Board of Trade is holding an election debate for each Richmond Hill riding:
- Oct 1 – Richmond Hill riding. Click HERE for the Facebook recording
- Oct 16 – Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill riding
Have discussions with your politicians. We are very lucky in Richmond Hill that Marj Andre has been able to secure all official candidates to come out to Connecting the Community for some political conversations
- Oct 1 – Richmond Hill riding
- Oct 8 – Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill riding
Watch the English Federal Leaders Debate on Oct 7 at 7pm.
When politicians knock on your door – ask them what exactly they are going to do about the climate crisis.
Let your elected officials know you are concerned about climate change. Go to town halls, call elected officials and leave messages. The messages give them power to take action.
Media – write letters to the editor. Even if your letter is not published, it highlights climate issues and will help get more reporting on climate news.
Vote for candidates who understand that we are in a climate crisis and have a bold plan of action. Vote for a climate champion!
Note: Details for all events listed above can be found at www.neighboursfortheplanet.ca/upcoming-events
There are a lot of great articles that talk about the differences in climate change platforms of the different federal parties. Be informed. Check these out:
We need our politicians to step up and take bold climate action in line with what science and justice demand!
We are in climate crisis and we want everyone to start acting like the emergency it is. We cannot continue with business as usual!
About Neighbours for the Planet
Neighbours for the Planet comprises of a group of concerned neighbours wanting to spark a change. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius made us realize the gravity of the Climate Crisis and that immediate action is required.
To educate ourselves about sustainable lifestyle practices and incorporate them into our daily lives.
To promote and encourage these practices within our local community and connect with other like-minded people.
On a wider scale, with our community, influence our elected officials to adopt policies that address the urgent issue of climate change.
Sign up for weekly emails on Upcoming Events and Climate News at www.neighboursfortheplanet.ca.
For more information about what you can do to take action on the Climate Crisis, email Carrie Tai at [email protected]