No 537 Posted by fw, August 2, 2012
The other day, right out of the blue, I received an email that begins –
Hello Mr. White -
Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Christine, and I’m a fellow Canadian climate activist (I live in northern Ontario) and fellow blogger [350 or bust] (I’ve been blogging about climate change for nearly 3 years from my perspective as a mom, an educator, and former nurse).
I like to reach out and contact other Canadians that I come across who are as committed to working on this issue as I am, both for support/encouragement and for networking, as these are obviously dire times that we find ourselves in, both federally and globally on the issue of climate change. Based on your efforts to lobby your MP re: climate change, I also thought you might be interested in connecting with Citizens Climate Lobby Canada. We are a small but growing grassroots group connected with a larger CCL group in the U.S., [Citizens Climate Lobby] that are committed to working together to create the political will for a sustainable climate. The first three Canadian groups started in the fall of 2010 in Toronto, Sudbury, and Red Lake (where I’m located), and now we have 20+ groups across the country, including on both coasts, and our goal is to have a CCL group in every riding by the next federal election, so that our politicians can no longer use the excuse that they are not hearing from their constituents that acting on climate change is important to them.
In my reply to Christine, I explained that just researching and preparing my own blog leaves me little time to take on new commitments. However, after exchanging a couple of more emails, we ended up agreeing to at least stay in touch, and intermittently share and perhaps promote stories about our respective climate change efforts.
And we’ve already traded stories about what we’ve been up to recently. Christine referred me to an inspiring story from her blog about Cathy Orlando who left her job at a university to become a Project Manager for Citizens Climate Lobby Canada. Check out Cathy’s personal narrative on my blog under the title: “Something magical happens when you do this work.”
As well, I encourage you to check out the links above. Discover if Citizens Climate Lobby is for you. If it is — Join in. Make friends. Make a difference.