Key Action & Message of the Week:
This Friday, we’re teaming up with our friends at Leadnow to deliver over 40,000 signatures to the CBC supporting our call for a climate debate. You can find the Facebook event for Friday’s delivery here. Our key message this week: a climate debate needs to happen, and the CBC can make it happen.
Here’s what you can do to take action this week:
- Help make a last push to grow the CBC Change the Debate petition. This could mean circulating the petition to your friends, running or joining a canvass, or just spending some time spreading the word on social media. If you’re interested in running a canvass, check out the resources below. The petition to Jennifer McGuire, the CBC’s Editor-in-Chief and General Manager is here.
- Another way to keep spreading the word is by submitting a Letter to the Editor at your local paper calling for the CBC to host a climate debate. Local media is absolutely critical to shaping people’s hearts and minds about a critical political issue. Your letter could have a big impact in your community. Use our tool to submit your letter in 3 easy steps!And if you want an example of a powerful intervention in local media, look no further than this clip from Our Time Vancouver organizer Kate’s phone call to the radio show BC Today.
- We’re still looking for folks who can join our National Support Team and volunteer their skills to support the national OUr Time campaign. If that’s you, sign up here.
Highlights from across the country:
My personal highlight from this week was reading Our Time Ottawa organizer Alison Gu’s blog. Alison writes beautifully about how her passion for improving public transportation systems as a child ties in to the organizing she is doing today in support of a leaders’ climate debate. Read Alison’s blog here.
Building Local Power: It’s been incredible to see support for a Leaders’ climate debate pouring in from across the country. Over the last couple of days, Our Time hub leaders have been busy speaking to their community members and collecting signatures in support of a climate debate. Thanks to their hard work, nearly 5,000 petition signatures have been collected by local Our Time hubs across the country. If you want to help us build power for this movement, check out the canvassing resources below.
Canvassing heroes of Our Time Edmonton!
Speaking to our communities: Over the last few weeks, over 150 people have written letters to the editors of their local newspapers explaining why they support a leaders’ climate debate in the fall election. Some of them have already started to get published like this powerful piece by Patti from Salt Spring Island. Check it out here.
Election State of Play:
Last week, three of the largest oil companies in Canada spent millions of dollars taking out ads meant to swing this fall’s election in their favour. This massive ad campaign made it clear that the fossil fuel industry is desperate to take power, and they’re going to spend millions and millions of dollars to do it. This is a reminder that we need to double down on our efforts to win a climate debate this fall.
Other than that, there haven’t been many major developments in the election state of play since last week, but we’re keeping our ears to the ground and our eyes on the race!
Tools and Resources:
- On Friday, Our Time organizers in Toronto will deliver this petition to the CBC HQ. And, Our Time groups across Canada are planning deliveries to local CBC offices and studios next week. You can read more about planning a local delivery action in this action planning template.
- CBC Change the Debate Canvassing Resources
Help build power in the fight for a leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal by running a canvass in your community. Here are all the details on how you can get it started:
- How to run a canvass
- Canvass sheet
- Canvass script
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