Updated: Feb 14, 2021
Show the Love is an annual celebration (by The Climate Coalition) of everything we care about and want to protect from the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Every February, since 2015, people from across the UK use the power of green hearts to join together and ask politicians to put aside their differences and tackle the climate crisis.
The past year has been a year like no other. The devastating impacts of the pandemic have impacted us all, and made us value what we love more than ever.
Join us between 1st - 21st February and use your voice to ask politicians to commit to building a cleaner, greener world that works for everyone. By taking part you’re joining with hundreds of thousands of people - from musicians to football clubs, community groups to businesses, astronauts to schoolchildren, teachers and faith leaders - to show the love for everything we want to protect from the climate crisis.
Here are some ideas of how you can #ShowTheLove this month
Make, Share, Wear Green Hearts
Whether its painted, origami or crocheted, get creative this month and make a Green heart. Wear it with pride and Share with your friends and family
Create a Green Heart Display
Over the last year, rainbow filled window displays have brought great joy to us all. Add a Green heart for all to see
Share your heart on social media
Make sure to snap a pic and share your Green Heart to your Social pages, don't forget to use the Hashtag #ShowTheLove
Connect with another local Community Group
We're still in Lockdown so a local meet-up will go amiss but there are plenty of organised Zoom calls and local community clubs that are joining together to talk and share their ideas for a greener future.
Can't find a group to join? Why not organise your own talk on local or even national climate and environmental issues.
Send your Heart to your local MP
You can find your local MP here: members.parliament.uk/members/commons
We've included the Climate Coalition's Letter template below. Send your Green heart to your local MP and encourage them to bring attention to the climate emergency in parliament.
Dear [Name of your MP],
I am writing to you as a constituent of [your constituency] because I am concerned about the climate emergency.
I’ve already seen the impacts of climate change in our local area, from the extreme temperatures of this summer’s heatwave to [insert some changes you have seen].
A commitment to ending our country’s contribution to climate change has been supported across all parties. The Government has just over a year to put in place policies that will get us on track to our net zero target– but our window is getting smaller. Will you commit to championing policies that ensure we have a safer and cleaner future?
Public concern for protecting the people, places and things we love from climate change is growing and the demand for action is increasing. In June this year, [I/ my fellow constituents joined] 12,000 people at the Time Is Now mass lobby for climate, nature and people to talk to you, and other MPs, about climate change. We’ve also just seen hundreds of thousands of Brits across the country including in [add your local area if there was a strike] tell our government to act now to curb the worst impacts of climate change.
There are four things that can be put in place right now to slash our emissions and get us on track to deliver net zero. On behalf of everyone in [insert your constituency here], will you champion policies in parliament that ensure:
Our homes are warmer and cheaper to run
Our transport is fit for the future, better for our health and environment
We are investing in energy that the British public want– that’s better for our climate (and our pockets). 89% of the public support solar and 79% support onshore wind
We restore our country's iconic natural landscape, planting more trees to improve air quality, and naturally suck carbon from the air
2020 is a huge year for the future of our planet - and our country. We already have a legally binding target to reach net zero emissions. If that commitment is underlined by action in the next year we have an opportunity, as host of the UN climate summit in Glasgow next year and the country that kickstarted the industrial revolution, to be leaders in the clean, green energy revolution.
I look forward to hearing from you.
On behalf of [insert local organisation(s) if relevant]
- Climate Coalition Write to your MP Template: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/write-to-your-mp
- Climate Coalition Show the Love Action Pack: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58b40fe1be65940cc4889d33/t/5fc786d10623334b0c6317f0/1606911707142/Show+the+Love+2021+Green+Heart+Action+Pack.pdf