4 things you can do to help organize the Climate Vote
If we’re going to elect climate champions, we need climate voters across the country to rally behind them. But, a lot of those people still aren’t sure who to vote for. We know that friends and neighbours are some of the most trusted voices when it comes to making this decision, and that’s why writing a letter to the editors of your local papers can be such a powerful tool in spreading the word. Here’s how you can do that:
Step 1: Check out our Endorsed Candidate Grid to find out if there is a climate champion in your riding. Read their bio and check out their candidate page to learn a little bit more about them.
Step 2: Find a local paper. You probably already know the paper where you live, but if not you can easily search the name of your town or city and “local paper” to find one.
Step 3: Find out how to submit a letter to the editor. The easiest way to do this is to either go to the contact section of your local newspaper and look for the right email, or search “letter to the editor submission LOCAL PAPER NAME” in Google. You should either find an email or a form you can submit your letter to.
Step 4: Write your letter. Letters to the editor are usually 350 words or less, so be concise and to the point. You can use our candidate bios as inspiration for your letter. Below is a template you can use to create your letter, and here is a link to a letter that 350 Canada team member Cam Fenton wrote in his local paper.
Check out this template letter
This summer, the climate crisis truly came home to Canada. We experienced extreme heat, raging wildfires, floods and smoke from coast to coast to coast. In BC, hundreds of people died during the “heat dome”, the first climate disaster to claim lives at that scale in Canada. This is a climate emergency.
That’s why, on election day, I’m casting my vote for NAME. I’m voting for them because they are a real climate champion, someone we can trust to deliver action at the scale we need to tackle this crisis.
Tackling this crisis means doing two things, stopping fossil fuel expansion and implementing a just transition that leaves no one behind. NAME is the only candidate who will do that, and who can win in this riding.
We need to get out of the cycle of Liberal climate delay and Conservative climate denial. We can do that by voting together for real climate champions like NAME.
Your name, your city
Step 5: Let us know when it’s published! Post your letter on social media and use the hashtag #ClimateAlliance. We’ll keep an eye out for these and be sharing them through our social media.
pIn the final week of the election, we’ll hear from Liberals and Conservatives that they are the only two choices, but we know that decades of Conservative climate denial and Liberal climate delay is what got us in this mess. That’s why our closing argument to climate voters is that they should reject this false choice.
We just launched a video about our movement for a Climate Emergency Voters Alliance. Can you take a minute to share it with your friends and networks?
We won’t win the fight against climate change without talking to people at our kitchen tables, in check-out lines, and at coffee shops across the country. But the good thing is, every single one of us is capable of doing this work.
HAVE ONE-ON-ONE CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS
One-on-one conversations are the single most important thing you can do to compel people to take action. With any one-on-one chat your job is to make someone realize that:
The acronym AHUY is helpful for remembering what it takes to move someone to act:
EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
Many of us have friends and family members who are concerned about climate change but aren’t that politically engaged. If you’re not able to meet with them in person or call them on the phone, consider sending them an email encouraging them to vote for climate action and climate champions on September 20.
SMS AND SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING
With less a week to go before Election Day, it’s impossible for us to have one-on-one, in-person conversations with everyone we know but that doesn’t mean we can’t do outreach to dozens of people in our lives!
Reaching out to people via SMS and social media messaging is a great way to remind people that this election is a pivotal one for climate action in this country. While posting on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook is good, sending direct messages to people is a far more effective form of engagement.
As a volunteer texter for 350 Canada, you’ll join a national team of passionate volunteers. We’re using the power of peer-to-peer (P2P) text messaging to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country to get out the vote for climate champions who can change the status quo of climate inaction in Canada.
We are looking for energetic, tech-savvy volunteers to help us text tens of thousands of climate voters across Canada using our P2P texting tool. All you need to join us is a computer, tablet or mobile device and an internet connection.
After you complete your training, we will be in touch with you within 24 hours to get you started!