This is our chance to put climate change at the top of the agenda!
This week, people from around the country will be badgering their MPs about climate change.
Why? All in the name of the 'Week of Action', organised by the Climate Coalition. Everyone will be getting involved - from Girl Guides and bird watchers, to cricket teams and students unions. This is our chance to put climate change right at the top of the agenda of our newly elected MP.
Why's It So Important?
In 2015, the UK agreed to the UN Paris deal to cut worldwide carbon emissions. Excellent news.
Now we need MPs to make a plan of action to ensure the UK actually meets these targets. There are three major ways the governement can pull their socks up:
- Local energy: changing the rules so that ordinary people can make the most of their local renewable energy resources.
- Wasting energy: cut home energy waste by installing energy saving measures in houses - starting with poorer areas.
- Cars: tackle emissions and air pollution from vehicles so that we phase out dirty diesel and move towards more electric cars and trains.
So How Can I Get Involved?
Item number 1
Take Your MP on a Nature Walk
Show them the beautiful parts of your local area that you want to protect from climate change.
Item number 2
Invite Your MP to a Sustainably Sourced Lunch
Get together the best produce from your area that's in season this time of year.
Item number 3
Show Off the Cool Climate Projects in Your Area
Perhaps a local school or community centre has solar panels? Tell your MP why you think they're a good idea.
Item number 4
Invite Your MP to a Local Meeting
Are you a Scout, WI member, part of a local football team or perhaps even a beekeeping club? If so, why not invite your NP along to a meeting and tell them why climate change matters for your guys and your local area.
Item number 5
Hijack Your Local Pub-Quiz...
... and run an energy and climate themed night - play on your MP's competitive streak, and see if you can beat them (maybe even invite some of the other candidates at the last election...).
Item number 6
Take a Trip to Westminster
Why not go right in for a face to face meeting. You are a potential vote next election, so make sure your MP knows what matters to you. You can also go to your MPs local surgery if London's a bit of a trek.