Writing to your MP is a great way to use your voice in the fight against the climate crisis. Your MP is there to serve you and therefore it is important that you let them know how you would like them to work for your constituency.
Meeting your MP in person is a really great way to grab their attention. Where that is not possible, make sure you write a letter to your MP.
Beyond writing a letter to your MP, signing petitions is a great way to get your voice heard. Explore some of our favourite eco-friendly petitions here.
Writing a Letter to your MP
Personal letters will always carry more weight than a copy and passed one. Here are some tips for writing your own letter:
- Keep it short and to the point ( no more than one A4 page).
- Let your MP know your personal reasons as to why you’re concerned, for example, the impacts the climate crisis is having on biodiversity.
- Tell them what you want from them.
- Include your full name, postcode and express that you will be waiting for their reply.
Below you’ll find a sample letter to an MP, you can copy this and fill in the parts in brackets or use it as a guide to writing your own.
Finding Out Who Your MP Is
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A Sample Letter
Dear [insert MP’s name]
I am writing to you as a constituent of [your constituency] who is one of many concerned about the ever-worsening climate crisis.
You should have acted when the effects of global warming were hitting other parts of the globe. Such as the mass coral bleaching in The Great Barrier Reef, or the droughts in Southern African countries where the water levels on the Zambezi River have been lower than they have for decades, turning the usually thundering Victoria Falls into a slowed trickle.
Now the effects are closer to home. From the wildfires in Greece and Turkey to the severe flooding in Germany and Belgium.
In the UK our summers are getting hotter and drier whilst our winters are getting warmer and wetter with frequent weather extremes.
As the recent IPCC report confirmed, it ‘is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.’
People around the globe are suffering and our earth’s wildlife is being wiped out, only destroying ecosystems further and increasing the climate crisis. Now is the time to act.
It’s time to end the UK’s contribution to climate change and pass laws that create a healthier environment for nature and people. We’ve spent the last few decades wasting time, now we have no more to waste.
With some of the greatest environmental scientist at your disposal, I am sure you know what needs to be done to combat the climate crisis, however, here are things that can be put into place right now to get us on track to deliver net zero. We urge you to champion policies in parliament that ensure:
- Better insulated homes which are cheaper to run and fit for the future.
- A public transport system which is accessible to all. It should never be cheaper to drive than to take the train.
- Investing in the energy the UK population want. 89% of your public support solar and 79% support onshore wind.
- Stop giving public money to polluting activities in the form of oil and gas subsidies.
- Start restoring Britain’s beautiful landscape by planting trees and increasing biodiversity.
We have agreed to net zero by 2050 and unless we act fast we will miss that target.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing from you soon.