While the east coast of the U.S. continues to deal with the impacts of Frankenstorm Sandy, and the global food prices rise because of a climate destabilized by our carbon pollution, and the poorest of the poor who have done the least to cause this problem continue to pay the highest price, the world’s political leaders meet in Doha, Qatar this week. The annual round of global climate negotiations that have produced nothing substantive in 18 years. Will this year be more of the same?
If you are not satisfied with the glacial rate of global climate talks, speak up! Talk to your neighbours, the person sitting next to you in the pew, your family members. Call the politicians elected to represent you on a national level, and let them know you’re unhappy and why. Here’s sample letter from the ClimateFast website that’s written for Canadians, but can be adapted to any country:
I am writing to you as my Member of Parliament.
I want you to know that I am very concerned about the impact global warming will have upon our children’s future and the world they live in.
I want to know that you will take action for three needed changes:
- End fossil fuel subsidies
- Put a price on carbon
- Support the development of a renewable energy plan for Canada
These changes will give me greater confidence in our shared future.
Can you assure me that you will work for these changes in the upcoming Parliamentary session?
(your name and address here)
To access la version française, go to the ClimateFast website.
Addressing the climate crisis is our generation’s “Great Work”. Let’s get to it!