Our common future: four more ways to make your voice heard
8 June 2017
Thank you for speaking up during the general election 2017. Hundreds of you have contacted your candidates, calling on them to tackle poverty, climate change, and build a fairer future for the world’s poorest communities.
General election campaigning is now over, but we must continue to speak up.
How volunteering makes a difference
Thank you for so generously giving your time: from asking questions at hustings meetings, to writing to your local newspapers. Thanks to you, politicians from two-thirds of constituencies in England and Wales have heard how much you care about global justice.
Here we take a look and celebrate four more ways you can make a difference by volunteering.
1. Keep in touch with your MP
We now have 650 new or re-elected MPs. We know who they are, and we know why they're there: to represent your concerns in parliament and in your constituency. By becoming an MP Correspondent, and regularly writing to your MP, you can show that you expect them to play their part in caring for our common home and our neighbours near and far.
In this election, people of all ages engaged with the issues at stake and turned out to vote in high numbers. When people speak up, politicians have to listen.
2. Pray for your newly-elected MP
As we welcome the start of a new parliament, please pray for your elected representatives. Download our new prayer and share it with your parish.
3. Join the Speak Up week of action
For the sake of the poorest people and for generations to come, we need politicians of all parties who are passionate advocates for tackling climate change and supporting renewable energy.
The Climate Coalition’s week of action, 1-9 July, is an exciting opportunity to meet your new MP and speak up on poverty and climate change. Hundreds of local events are planned across the country. Please join in - and organise an event in your parish or attend a local event? Sign up on the map to get started.
4. Write to your local newspaper
Write to your local newspaper and make sure people know that poverty, climate change, and Britain’s role in the world are crucial issues for this new parliament. Use our online template - it takes just two minutes, but your letter could reach thousands of people.