Speak-Up September

Write to your MP
about climate

Have you got something to say about protecting the outdoors?

 

Right now, our environment is facing extreme pressures. Climate change, biodiversity loss and increasing pollution threaten our beloved outdoor places. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to take action but our forests, oceans and critters depend on us to do just that. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide and template to help you write to your local Member of Parliament (MP), calling on them to protect the natural places and things you love.

 

As members of the outdoor community, climate change affects all of us; From loss of work, to change of lifestyle, natural disasters, and even our mental health. These matters are significant and evoke very real concerns that writing to your MP can help to influence change. 

 

We get it, writing a letter to an MP can feel like a big task, so we have put together this easy to use guide to simplify the process for you.

 

Below are some tips for writing an effective letter to your MP and a template that can be easily personalised to suit your local requirements. We just ask that you pledge your letter writing action so we can see the power of this collective effort as a wider group. Happy writing!

Why should we write to our MP?

Writing to your local MP is a great way to have your voice heard about environmental issues that concern your community. It is the job of elected officials to listen to and represent the individuals in their electorate. We are becoming increasingly aware of how climate change will impact our daily lives yet our politicians often don’t get to hear our personal stories.

 

In Australia, we have both state and federal MPs. Both have important roles and responsibilities in shaping the way Australia cares for the environment and acts on climate change. MPs are real people who you can reach out to and form relationships with. 

 

Writing to your local MP is not a token gesture. It is an opportunity to share your personal experience and knowledge with your elected representative. By doing so, you can shape their views on issues that matter most to you and help them understand your very real concerns about the environment.  Taking the time to write a personal email to your MP is a powerful action and can be more effective than a signature on a petition or an impersonal ‘form letter’ submitted on an issue. 

 

It is important to be patient when waiting for a response from your MP office. While it may take some time to hear back as they are often very busy, you can expect a response and may follow up on the email if you do not hear back within a couple of months. Be persistent, but always polite, and remember that your MP has a responsibility to represent you and to communicate with you. That is why they were elected and why they are paid.

Step #1 - Search for your MP details here

Step #2 - Read and personalise the letter template below

Step #3 - Copy and email the letter to your MP

Step #4 - Pledge your letter as part OPC’s ‘Speak-Up September’ campaign 

Step #5 - Share this guide with your friends and get them to join ‘Speak-Up September’ too!

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Who can you write to? 

There are a number of MPs that you can write to. Writing to your local state or federal MP is a good starting point, as they are elected to represent your views. In addition to writing to your local MP, you can also write to:

  • ANY senator from your state or territory;

  • specific ministers in the Government that hold portfolios relating to the environment, for example:

             - Minister for the Environment, Hon Sussan Ley MP

             - Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, Hon David        Littleproud MP 

             - Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Hon Keith Pitt MP 

             - Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Hon Trevor Evans MP 

             - Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Hon Jonathon Duniam

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