Informal conversations—backed up by research—tell us that what people want most is the opportunity to talk about the climate crisis with their families, their friends and local communities in a candid, non-judgmental way.
Older Canadians can also use our voices to advocate for policies at every level to address the climate crisis. At the municipal level, more cities are declaring Climate Emergencies and soliciting input from citizens on how to prevent, adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. With our voices, we can urge provinces and the federal government to take similar actions.
Anita Payne is just one person who has seen the real effect of her voice on the climate conversation. Anita is a member of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby‘ s Ottawa chapter. She’s seen how the group’s lobbying work successfully pushed for Canada’s most ambitious climate plan ever.
“My work with [CCL] on the carbon tax has been very fruitful,” said Anita. “As a former science teacher reading reports and listening to presentations about climate change, I felt it was such a serious problem that I couldn’t say no. I used to say it’s for the children but we are witnessing the impact right now. “
In this section you will find examples from our network of climate organizations, showing how seniors are using their voice to make a difference and contribute to a livable planet for future generations.