Template Letter about IPCC’s latest climate change report
You can download a printable PDF of this letter here.
Dear __________ MP
Begin your letter by introducing yourself. Introduce the topic of climate change and explain what interests and concerns you about it.
“I am writing to you regarding the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. As you will already be aware, the report was commissioned following the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement, and this month evidenced that the world is nowhere near meeting its climate change targets. We are likely to reach the Agreement’s ‘aspirational target’ of 1.5 degrees by as soon as 2030. I was deeply concerned to read the report and wanted to write to you to express my support for any work that can be done to ramp up Britain’s response to this global challenge.”
You may wish to add some personal details into your letter, for example;
A personal experience you have had regarding climate change, such as the impact in a country you have visited.
You could talk about ways in which you feel climate change or a related issue affects you directly, such as air pollution, flooding or wildlife loss.
It is always good to tell your MP you appreciate their work on something they have to set the tone for a constructive dialogue, even if you disagree on a lot of areas. You can find your MP’s previous voting record at www.theyworkforyou.com or visit their website to find out campaigns they have taken part in. See our Research Your MP page for more information on how to do this.
Ask your MP to take action
This could be on a local or national level. Try to make your ask personal; either to you, your MP or your local area. Some examples of what you might ask your MP to do are:
Write to the Minister for Clean Growth, Claire Perry, in support of urgent action in response to the report.
Address a local issue such as poor air quality, fuel poverty, public transport, access to green spaces, cycle paths or new community energy projects. Have a look at our page on Resources Hub to find out more about climate change issues your MP can campaign on or bring up in Parliament.
Ask to meet with your MP to discuss these issues further. Hope for the Future will be able to provide you with any support or resources you might need in preparing for this.
I look forward to hearing back from you.