It’s time for MPs to champion their constituents’ valiant efforts to ease climate change. That’s the message behind Speak Up! Week of Action run by the Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.
Three weeks after the election, Week of Action gives concerned citizens a chance to make climate change one of the first things newly elected MPs talk about. The Coalition is asking people everywhere to organise events in their localities from 1st-9th July – and invite their new elected representatives to join in.
That event may be as small as a few friends gathered around a pot of tea, or it may be as big as a festival in the park. There are no limits to how climate change conversations can start, say the Coalition.
From nature walks to tea parties, run by church groups, school classrooms, Women’s Institutes and National Trust properties – everyone has the opportunity to talk.
Week of Action will run at the same time as Community Energy Fortnight, showcasing community energy initiatives across the country. The Coalition believe this creates an ideal opportunity for people to show off how they’re helping to create a clean future for their communities.
‘You don’t need to have spoken to your MP before – or even need to know all the facts and figures,’ said A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins, echoing the Coalition’s official statement.
‘All you need is the love for something you don’t want to lose to climate change. With the Week of Action just three weeks after the General Election, it’s the perfect time to get MPs on board.’
In 2015, A Rocha UK took part in the Coalition’s climate march, when people spoke to MPs in London’s streets and parks about climate change (pictured). A practical guide and resources are available here. (Photos: Clive Price)