Tell your MP to support climate action in pandemic recovery
KAIROS Canada has endorsed For the Love of Creation, a faith-based initiative for climate justice and a just recovery from the pandemic. This summer, the initiative collected 2,500 signatures on an e-petition that calls the Government of Canada to:
- Commit to reducing Canadian GHG emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and invest in a just transition;
- Honour the rights of Indigenous peoples;
- Commit equal support for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South;
- Respond to the pandemic in the Global South through debt cancellation and by doubling funding for Canadian international development NGOs.
The petition creates the framework for a green and just recovery in Canada and solidarity with people living in poverty in the Global South. It was presented in the House of Commons on November 5, 2020 and the government must respond by December 20, 2020.
Help maintain the momentum on these demands by calling or emailing your MP to reiterate the importance of building back better here in Canada and in the Global South. Members of Parliament have a duty to listen to their constituents. Your input can have a big impact on their party’s positions. At a time when the federal government is spending billions to address the health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic, your MP needs to know that Canadians don’t want to go back to the old “normal” of poverty, inequity, climate inaction and Indigenous rights violations.
How to contact your MP
Find your MP’s contact information. Leave a message with their office, or request an in-person, phone or online meeting, depending on the options in your region. If you are meeting with the MP, invite other KAIROS members or friends.
What to say to your MP
Here is a sample script for your phone call or email to your MP. Please adapt it to reflect yourself and your concerns:
I am _____________, a resident of your riding, and a supporter of KAIROS Canada. [You may wish to insert something personal here about who you are or what you do]. I am very concerned about the pandemic and climate crisis. I know that vulnerable people, including those living in poverty, refugees, migrant workers, women and Indigenous peoples, are facing the worst impacts of the pandemic, and of climate change. Canada is investing billions in responding to the pandemic. These investments should benefit both the most vulnerable people in Canada and around the world, and the transition to a net zero economy.
I want Canada to respect its climate commitments and the rights of Indigenous peoples.
I want Canada to cancel the debts of the poorest countries. I want Canada to increase international aid for climate change adaptation and pandemic recovery.
Like many other people in Canada, I dream of a greener, more just world. I am asking you, as my representative, to do everything you can to make this dream a reality.
Thank you for listening. You can reach me by email at [spell your email] or by phone at __________. Have a great day!
In your email, please copy the following:
- Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca
- Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. David Lametti, Attorney General and Minister of Justice David.Lametti@parl.gc.ca
- Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development Karina.Gould@parl.gc.ca
- For tracking purposes, also copy Beth Lorimer at email@example.com or follow up with Beth by email if you make a call.
As we campaign to rebuild a stronger, healthier, and more just world, we can show that people in Canada wish to take a new path. Our vision of a just and green future requires deep cuts to our greenhouse gas emissions by reducing our consumption and extraction of fossil fuels, reducing inequality by honouring the rights of Indigenous peoples, and enabling countries in the Global South to respond to the pandemic and climate crisis in their countries by cancelling debts and increasing international aid. The world is at a critical juncture.
We must come together to support a global recovery to the pandemic that moves us towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.
To learn more about KAIROS’ position on recovering from the pandemic, read our Recommendations for a Just and Feminist Post-Pandemic Transformation. To learn more about the faith-based For the Love of Creation initiative, visit the website.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION!