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Speak Up Week of Action 1-9 July 2017

Big things are happening this summer, people across the country are gearing up to organise events in their local areas and Speak Up to help protect the things they love from climate change.

Each and every community has something special to show off and a unique voice to be heard. We're asking WI members to organise events in their local areas and invite their newly elected MP along to join in. From nature walks to tea parties to community energy visits, there are no limits to how you can get conversations about climate change started.

The Speak Up Week of Action will take place at the same time as Community Energy Fortnight. This means we can showcase community energy initiatives across the country and make this a great opportunity for you and your MP to show off how you're helping to create a clean and secure future for your community.

Why Get Involved?

With the Week of Action just three weeks after the General Election, it’s the perfect time to get newly elected MPs on board. Thanks to members speaking up speaking up in 2015 and again during the Week of Action in October 2016, hundreds of MPs joined us in encouraging the government to produce a strong plan for shifting our economy to a low carbon footing.

And it didn’t stop there. Millions more spoke up during the landmark Paris climate talks in 2015, and the government ratified the agreement last year, turning it into UK law. Agreed by 195 countries, the deal commits governments to cut their emissions and endeavours to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Now it's time for MPs to champion what their constituents are doing to tackle climate change and to ensure that UK policies are helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

How to get involved

The Week of Action is for everyone. You don’t need to have spoken to your MP before or even need to know all the facts and figures about climate change — all you need is love for something that you don’t want to lose to climate change.

An event guide has been produced with useful tips for events and meeting with your MP. Your event may be as small as a few friends, or it may be as big as a festival in the park. This guide is here to help you— from event ideas, to how to promote your event, to tips for when you meet your newly elected MP. You can download an editable poster for advertising your event following the 8 June election.  

One to one advice can be provided to anyone who is inviting their local MP along to their event as well as a number of training events which are taking place around the country where you can pick up tips and meet others who are organising events.

If you would like to find out more information about the training days, how you can get involved and register your interest please contact pa@nfwi.org.uk or call 020 7371 9300 ext. 212