“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
-Margaret J. Wheatley-
I just got back from the library with several of David Suzuki’s books. The first thing that caught my eye was the following contact information and sample letter of the type of effective communication that can be used to express one’s concerns with environmental policies. I just had to share it. Once I’ve had a chance to finish reading and have given some thought to specifics that I personally want to express and hopefully get a response to I’ll share my own letter to our Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Contact Government Officials:
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
To contact other Canadian elected representatives visit http://canada.gc.ca/directories/direct-e.html#mp
Or Democracy Watch http://www.dwatch.ca
Dear Prime Minister:
I am a citizen with serious concerns about your lack of effective action to address climate change. Scientific reports make it clear that climate change is the most serious environmental problem facing our planet. Our country has one of the worst records in the world in terms of per capita contributions to the problem, with much higher emissions than citizens in other nations. We cannot continue to use the Earth’s atmosphere as a dumping ground for emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
I would like you to do everything in your power to take the following actions:
- Impose a carbon tax on all fossil fuels and use the revenue generated to ensure the rapid development and adoption of renewable energy.
- Place strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions from industry.
- Enact the world’s strongest standards for the energy efficiency of vehicles, buildings, and all consumer products that use energy.
These policies have been successful, environmentally and economically, in other western industrialized nations, including Norway, Japan, and Germany.
I would appreciate a written reply outlining your response to these proposals.
I dashed this off very quickly in my enthusiasm to share so now I’d like to give proper credit to the exact source of the above information: “David Suzuki’s Green Guide”–published by Greystone Books of Douglas and McIntyre Publishing Group, 2008