Recently, I travelled with CAFOD to the COP24 in Poland to hear what UN leaders had to
say about tackling climate change.
Although as campaigners, we had fire in our bellies, the same could not be said for the politicians who seemed concerned with economic agendas rather than the environment. Coming home, we did not see the changes and progress we wanted from the conference. I would not let this dishearten me.
Reaching decision makers at the top level can feel like too far a stretch for most of us campaigners but we can make a difference.
Grass root changes really take root and grow into a strong voice. If each of us campaigners spoke to our local MPs and shared our concerns about the environment then that’s more people raising issues in UK government. Talk of the environment then spreads fast; it becomes a part of the political agenda if we demand it to be so.
I wrote to my MP on my return and asked him to represent me and sign The Climate Coalition cross party letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May. The letter is asking her to back a UK net zero emissions target ahead of 2050.
Within a week of sending my letter, I had a response. I was overjoyed to read how my MP had immediately signed the letter, and to hear of his common interest in the environment and the planet.
Since then, he has raised issues of climate change at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and he has publicly backed the development of wind power here in North Wales.
This goes to show that one simple letter to your MP can make a difference.
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