My email to my councillor

This is just an example. Say how you feel. You might not want to meet them, say what you do want them to do. “I know you are busy but I would really appreciate an email back from you on this.”

Dear X

How are you? Can we possibly manage to talk over the next couple of weeks? 

I’m wondering where you are at right now on climate? 

I’ve noticed that you’ve ‘liked’ a couple of posts on Facebook about the strike etc. 

Everything is shifting so rapidly. I find it really hard to quite believe what is happening, the amount of times I write text for things we’re campaigning on and feel like a total drama queen, I’m writing about the end of humanity and I feel like it can’t possibly be real. But. I read enough of the science to know it really is that bad. 

Of course Manchester, and Manchester council even more so, is just a teeny bit of the whole picture. And certainly not terrible, or the worst. So perhaps it is silly to put so much focus on how the council tackles climate. But, it feels like we all have to choose something which is reasonably within our sphere of influence and make whatever changes we can there. And there is so much more that could be done. I also think it would feel so so much better if there was any way we could all be fighting on the same side.

Anyway. Where I am at is desperately worried about my five year old’s future. If I were to be totally honest with myself I don’t think we have a chance. But I don’t know and if there is even a sliver of a chance we have to try, right? I wish I’d acted on my worries earlier, that we all had, but it is what it is. 

Let me know if you’re available. For either a meet up or chat over the phone. I’m around weekends/evenings.