Action 3. Advocate with Local, National and Regional decision-makers
Help to Influence Policy Makers
According to reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), every degree of greater warming significantly increases the risks associated with climate change with the direst consequences. Particularly for the year 2020 which is critical for accelerating towards a near-zero carbon economy.
For us to reach the ambitious goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, a mutual collaboration and advocacy for increased ambition and climate actions to reach the target of limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C is what is required at this stage.
Our advocacy can include dialogues with policy makers, media/social media campaigns, public events, community meetings for policies aligned with a near-zero global emissions pathway by 2050.
Write a letter
Draft a letter to community leaders, government representatives and businesses on relevant climate related issues in your community. Some examples of key asks:
• National policies, plans and resources to improve the climate including stopping investments which have negative repercussions for the environment and people
• Strengthen nationally determined contributions and 2030 targets in line with the Paris Agreement
• Invest rapidly in renewable energy sources
• All governments need to pledge to take urgent action in line with the 1.5°C goal and to put in place the legislation, policies and measures needed to achieve this at home and to work cooperatively at COP to find constructive, sustainable solutions to this global crisis
• Governments must use their leadership to find solutions that prioritise people, planet and ecosystems over profit, including pledges to phase out fossil fuels and to conserve and restore natural ecosystems
• Climate finance needs to be urgently and significantly scaled up for poor and vulnerable countries and communities on the frontline of the climate crisis
• Impoverished communities, women, children, indigenous people, migrants and refugees have historically generated a low carbon-footprint. Their contribution to the climate crisis is negligible yet they are amongst the most affected, making climate change a justice issue
• Developed countries must take the lead in reducing their emissions and simultaneously support developing countries to leap-frog emissions-intensive infrastructure and economic development