Elections and votes are not the only time we can influence government. One small thing you can do, from the comfort of your own living room, is use your voice by writing (or emailing, DM-ing) your MP.  

Whether that’s supporting MPs or councilors who are already pushing an environmental agenda or questioning those who could do more, public demand can make a real tangible difference and help to raise environmental issues up the political agenda. MPs act on our behalf, so getting them on board with the things we care about is important. MPs can propose and consider new laws and raise issues that matter to us in parliament, which is key to driving positive change. You can find out more information about how they do this here.

There’s no better time to apply pressure, especially as we’re hosting one of the biggest global gatherings on climate change in the UK this November (known as COP26).   

Here are our top tips to spark change in your local area and beyond: 

1) Check who your local MP is

You can do this on the government website here. Don’t worry if you’re unsure, we’re shown so much information every day, making these sorts of things hard to remember!

2) Grab their attention

MPs are very busy so keeping your communications with them intriguing, clear, succinct and timely will help them to take it to the next step – think about the subject line! 

3) Make your points

Structuring your argument is key (use our template) or practice your debating skills and give it a go yourself. Try and focus on the positive outcomes of reducing emissions e.g. creating more jobs, improving air quality and public health, reducing inequality to name a few. Use personal anecdotes and facts as much as possible to back up your argument.

4) Identify yourself

You need to include your full name and postcode at the bottom of your letter/ email so that the MP knows that you live in the area they represent, otherwise they won't respond. 

USE OUR READY TO GO TEMPLATE TO WRITE TO YOUR MP

5) Don’t be afraid to chase

If you email, you’ll probably get an automated response letting you know how soon your MP can respond e.g. within 10 days. If they haven’t by then, be polite but persistent and follow up with them.  

6) Check their socials

Check if your MP is active on any social media platforms. Contacting them this way where your requests and the information you share can be seen by the rest of the public can help inspire others, and add extra pressure for them to respond.   

7) Let us know how you get on

Share your response and tag us in your social media posts - @hellohubbub on Instagram or @HubbubUK on Twitter. 

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