Postcards for climate action write-in planned for Nelson

On Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. the Nelson library’s community table will host a postcard write-in.

Marylee Banyard (right)

On Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. the Nelson library’s community table will host a postcard write-in to enable citizens to voice their concerns to provincial and federal elected officials regarding climate change.

Premier Christy Clark has requested input from the electorate regarding BC’s emerging climate action plan, and we have been given until the first week in March to do this. To meet the challenge, you will be provided with a list of ministers together with their contact information, suggestions of points to consider, postcards and materials to voice your concerns and opinions. The postcards will be taken to the office of MLA Michelle Mungall for forwarding to Victoria postage-free.

At the table, you can also write to federal leaders. In March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers to discuss a pan-Canadian framework to combat climate change. Voicing your concerns now could make a difference. Postage to Ottawa is free.

Local resident Marylee Banyard was inspired to organize this event so people can have the chance to tell the government why they care.

“For myself, addressing climate change is both in the interest of my children and grandchildren, as well as our wonderful natural environment, the bedrock of our being,” says Banyard. “After all, we cannot survive without the environment.”

“We are so fortunate to have a government that says it will listen,” adds Banyard. “So now is the time to tell the government what you think.”

Art supplies will also be available to decorate the back of the postcards.

This project is being arranged by Nelson’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter.

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