What's it all about?
Wiltshire Council is due to adopt its long-awaited Climate Change Strategy at a full council meeting on Feb. 15th, the day after Valentine's Day.
Wiltshire Climate Alliance is asking all its members to mark the event by sending specially designed Valentine's Day cards or e-cards to their local councillors. These cards, in a choice of nine designs, can be downloaded from this website, either to print at home and send by post, or to send by email as an e-card. You can even design your own card if you are feeling creative!
You can also download a message to remind councillors that it is now almost 3 years since they recognised the Climate Emergency, that action is now more urgent than ever, and that their strategy document contains high-sounding aspirations, but very little in the way of plans and targets for achieving them. It calls on them to put some real action into their Climate Change Strategy, and not to settle for what Greta Thunberg would call more "Blah, blah, blah". Alternatively, you could choose to write your own message if you prefer.
We hope that this novel form of lobbying will have an impact on councillors, letting them know that the WCA and its many supporters are still watching them, and that the job of making Wiltshire zero-carbon is far from done. It will be backed up by a rally outside County Hall on the 15th, and questions and statements during the meeting.
Our special card designs can be viewed and downloaded below. You can then print out and send a physical card of your choice by post, or copy the design of your choice and paste it into an email as an e-card.
You can find your local councillor's name and address and email address HERE by simply typing in your postcode.
Your should now find the card design and message in the downloads folder of your computer.
To print a card to send by post: first set your printer to Landscape. Open the files in your downloads folder and print them out. If printing directly onto card, it may be a good idea to do a trial print onto plain paper first.
To send an e-card: Select the e-card image you want to use, and right click on the illustration above; then select "Copy Image" from the drop-down menu. You can then paste this image into a blank email. Then click on "Download e-card message" open the downloaded file and copy the text, and paste this into the email below the image. Then add your name and address and send to the councillor of your choice..
In either case: then add your name and address in the space below the message, together with any additional message you may wish to add. (Your address lets your councillor know that you are one of their voters. An extra message may make them take more notice.)