Speak up at school this July

10 May 2017

Andy Burnham MP with CAFOD young leaders at St Mary’s Catholic High School, Astley, discussing climate change

In 2016 Andy Burnham MP visited St Mary’s Catholic High School, Astley, to discuss climate change with 20 CAFOD young leaders. 

This summer invite your newly-elected MP into school as part of the Climate Coalition’s week of action from 1-9 July, and speak up on issues of climate and energy to support people living in poverty across the world.

Your new MP will want to hear what issues matter to local young people, and it’s a great opportunity to make sure that the concerns of the world’s poorest people are one of the first things on your MP’s agenda, just a few weeks after they have been elected!

Why not invite your newly-elected MP to your school in July? Here are some tips for your event:

Sign up to organise an event at your school

Tell us what you plan to do and we’ll be in touch to make sure you have all the resources you need to have a great meeting with your newly-elected MP. You can invite your MP as soon as the election results are confirmed on 9 June.

Register your school event 

Download the organiser guide

Take a look at our organiser guide – there are lots of tips and tools for your school event, and even a template letter to send the invitation!

Download the Climate Coalition Week of Action organiser guide

Prepare your MP questions

Don’t underestimate the power of a face-to-face discussion with your MP. It’s a chance for your students to debate what they feel strongly about. Prepare your arguments in class first, and rehearse your top three points, so you can make them strongly and quickly. Don’t worry, they won’t expect you to be an expert!

Join our Power to be campaign

Find out why we are calling on the World Bank to support renewable energy overseas. Take action and tell your MP in July all about your campaigning activities.

Download the Power to be schools guide

Be inspired

Wondering how others schools have engaged with their MPs? Last year students at St Mary’s Catholic High School met with Andy Burnham MP, to discuss the activities they take within their school to support positive climate action.

16-year-old young leader Aaron from Carshalton met with climate minister Nick Hurd to discuss renewable energy in developing countries and the importance of lobbying in influencing an MP’s decision making.

Step into the Gap volunteers, Hannah Henley and James Ronan, welcomed two MPs, Paul Maynard and Gordon Marsden to St Mary’s Academy in Blackpool. At the event, students posed questions to the MPs about how they aim to tackle climate change.

Find out more, and get ideas for your event

Speak Up with us this summer as a school community and make your voice heard. And don’t forget, you can make your voice heard in the run up to the general election too – use our election briefing  

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