January climate change lobby: letter to Liberal MPs

Dear Member of Parliament

We are asking for an informal meeting with you, in January, when the House is not in session, in your constituency office.

The subject is climate change, the most urgent issue we face, and one now with a new opening, thanks to the new agreement reached by President Obama and the government of China. They have now taken the bold step of committing to serious reduction targets.

The current government has been reluctant to set adequate goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on the grounds that we would be out of step with the Americans. Clearly that is not the case.

Canada now has no excuses! We want to see an adequate position taken to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015.

We had an excellent meeting last year with Liberal environment critic, the Hon John McKay. After the U.S.-China agreement was announced, he called it a “game changer.”

We also met with Adam Vaughan, shortly after his election. We are keen to meet with other Liberal MPs in January. Climate change will be an election issue, and we wish to discuss with you, well before then, what a Liberal government would do to address it--after so much neglect and prevarication by the Harper government.

We note that the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, was recently in Ottawa to urge that Canada set goals that are “ambitious and visionary.” We agree. He reminded Canadians that we have particular obligations as a rich country, with advanced technology. Can we talk?

Please have your constituency assistant contact us to arrange a convenient time. We would send probably two or three members, likely one of them a University of Toronto student. A number have volunteered to go, and we are sure you will enjoy meeting these new, young, voters. The House resumes sitting January 26, so any time from the 5th January to the 24th would be possible for us.

Yours sincerely

Norman Dyson, Rose Dyson, Lynn McDonald, Patricia Warwick
JustEarth Canada (JustEarth is a member of the Climate Action Network)