Voice

Public Action

Seniors’ voices are a powerful asset and can be used to push for change in all levels of government and in private corporations. Policy changes rarely happen on their own. They require the strong voices and stronger resolve of citizens willing to fight for climate action. 


Government

In many cases, advocating for change at the government level is key to making real change for a sustainable future. Many groups in our network focus on government advocacy.

Resources
Members of CCL at Carleton University
  • The Citizen’s Climate Counsel (C3) is a group of seniors in Ottawa dedicated to climate action. C3 members use their voices to enhance the City of Ottawa’s ability to move forward on climate issues. Contact Dpearson.ottawa@gmail.com to get involved with C3 campaigns .
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby (NCR-Ottawa) is dedicated to lobbying for a carbon fee and dividend at the federal level. They train citizens to write compelling op-eds, to build relationships with elected officials and to educate others on the importance of a low-carbon future. Find out more here.
  • Community associations have a powerful voice in city affairs. Check out your local community association and get involved. 

“Several of the more active members of the local chapter are seniors. Some write letters to the editor and blog posts, some give presentations to community groups, some keep the chapter friendly and organized and some contribute to national communications and analysis of issues.”  

Lynn Ovenden, CCL Ottawa chapter member  

Private Corporations

When trying to get corporations to take climate action, one of the most powerful actions seniors can take is to voice your concern on social media and move your money to other, more green-oriented companies.

Resources
  • Send a letter to RBC and TD asking them to disclose timelines and transparent plans to stop funding of fossil fuel projects, sacrificing our climate to make a profit and our grandchildren’s futures.  
Members of Grandmother’s Act to Save the Planet (GASP) protesting banks in Canada that continue to fund fossil fuel projects