The 2021 State of the Environment report, released by the government on Tuesday, holds a dire reminder that nature is in trouble.

Our health, our economy and our livelihoods depend on thriving nature, and so does a safe climate. We all have a stake and a role to play in fixing this.

The new Parliament sits for the first time at the end of July. So now is the perfect time to contact your new or re-elected Member of Parliament (MP).

Your MP gets many emails each day, but by following these tips you can create a unique and compelling message that makes your MP sit up and take notice!

  • Be personal: Your MP is there in Parliament to represent the people in your electorate. So share a bit about yourself, as one of the people they represent – your name, where you live, and why you care about ensuring that nature thrives.
  • Be clear: Help your MP to understand exactly what you would like them to do – ask your MP to publicly support solutions to the nature crisis, including:
    • Creating strong environment laws that actually protect nature and an independent regulator to enforce them
    • Funding the recovery of Australia’s threatened species and the restoration of our degraded ecosystems
    • Slashing climate pollution by more than half this decade and supporting nature as a climate solution
  • Be polite and respectful: You want to remind your MP to act on your behalf, so it’s best to communicate respectfully.
  • Be concise: MPs and their office staff have to wade through a lot of communications! Making your email short and sweet (3-4 paragraphs) is a great way to make your message stand out.


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