Lobbying shouldn’t be left up to the big corporations - this is an emergency and we need to make sure that our representatives are doing what’s needed. Contacting your MP and letting them know the things you care about really does work.
It does not need to be a long letter, and a letter especially handwritten is best, it just needs to be polite and to the point, letting them know:
- Who you are and whether you have been in touch before
- Your address (to show you are in their constituency and ensure they get back)
- Why the climate and ecological emergency is so important to you, especially if connects into any local issues that you and your MP connect with.
- Why you think they should support the CEE bill. Use our the bill explained page if you are finding it hard to condense down the contents of the CEE Bill.
Once you have written your letter, either pop it in the post or email your MP. You can find your MP’s contact details at https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
Remember that if you can get others to write to your MP at the same time you can strengthen your effect. As part of the Big Ask campaign they provided postcards for people to sign and send to their MP. We have some campaigners send Christmas and Valentines day cards. Remember though to avoid templates as much as possible as explained below in a short excerpt from writetothem.com
"Why shouldn’t I copy and paste “form” letters?
It’s much more powerful to write in your own words, telling your representative about your own beliefs and experiences. We want to make the voice of the individual more powerful, so we block "identikit" letters.
It would be easy to help people send lots of identical messages with one click. But then MPs would be drowned out by automated emailings organised by large campaigns groups and corporations. We prefer that representatives can trust messages from WriteToThem as being from real individuals, giving their own story.
If you’re a pressure group, think about what you’re doing. Ask your supporters to write to their own representative in their own words. Your message will be much more powerful. Even though your supporters may send fewer messages, their impact will be ahead of the game.
Still not convinced? Here’s a quote from a Parliamentary researcher, whose job is to make the MP he/she works for as accessible as possible (such people are the hidden gems of our democracy):
MPs rather naturally take a sudden influx of identical or similar messages with a large pinch of salt, since they know that what they are seeing is stuff from a minority of constituents who are either impassioned/neurotic about the topic concerned or who are easily gulled into agreeing with some plausible story and sending the message, since it takes minimum effort to do so.
Given a daily mailbag of (say) 50 individual messages from individual constituents, on a wide range of topics, when the mailbag suddenly rises to 100 a day, 50 of which are much the same as each other, the representative has no way at all of knowing whether the message concerned is representative of opinion in the constituency.
All he or she knows is that 50 constituents have been persuaded to mail them about 'topic X'. Much more notice is taken of trends within the regular flow of messages from clearly identified constituents. If in a month 50 people write in different ways and through different routes with similar views on a subject, this is much more likely to raise the profile of the topic with the MP.
So please don’t copy and paste the same message as everyone else. And don’t encourage others to do so. It’s worse than useless as we’ll automatically stop your messages before they get through. Ask people to write in their own words. If they care enough about your issue, they’ll do so.’"
Do inform us of any responses you receive by getting in touch: [email protected] and check our Parliamentary Set Email Responses to see if you have received a set response and some tips on how to respond.
Hope for the future – Template Letter about the IPPC report