Climate damage is here, now. Catastrophic floods and bushfires. Blistering heatwaves. Reef bleaching. Severe drought. It’s harming the people we love and it’s getting worse.
The case for ending coal and shifting to 100% clean energy couldn’t be stronger. We’re running a huge people-powered campaign to make stopping climate damage such a big election issue, all parties will have no choice but to rise to the occasion – and deliver.
Before the election, let’s meet with our MPs and candidates to make sure they know that this is the climate election, and climate damage stops with us. Here, now.
Who is my local MP?
You can find out which federal electorate you’re in and the local Member of Parliament that represents you here. You can also request a meeting with any candidates running in your seat! Find them by checking out the parties' websites.
Requesting a meeting
It can take time to confirm a meeting time with your MP, and election campaigns are busy – so send your request as soon as possible! Personalise this template and email your MP to request a meeting between now and the election.
If you can’t get a meeting at all and want to do something else to put the pressure on, check out our escalation tactics on page 30 of this handy guide to meeting your MP!
Let us know it’s happening
Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the time and date of your meeting so we can get in touch with supporting materials, share the latest data on conversations in your electorate, and follow up with you after the meeting.
Prepare for the meeting
It’s best to go into the meeting with a prepared agenda and asks. More on this below!
Got other questions?
What policy asks do we want them to commit to?
As per the vote commitment petition you’ve been collecting signatures on in your electorate or on the phone, constituents are committing to only vote for a party who will:
We are asking MPs and candidates their position on these key policy asks and asking them to move their parties towards them. At election time, we will be sharing a scorecard comparing how the parties stack up on these asks, so if the MP’s party doesn’t have good policies yet, the MP or candidate will need to DO something to shift their party.
What are we asking them to DO?
Often, an MP will privately agree with you on what needs to be done, or say that those asks are not possible for them to achieve on their own, or they may personally agree with us, but their party’s position is different. We need to let MPs and candidates know that we’ll be talking to voters in their electorates about their parties’ position, so they’ll need to take action to get their party to shift!
Here’s what you can ask them to actually do:
Remember that our power is in numbers. While you are welcome to focus on the issue or impact that most motivates you during the meeting, this tactic will be most effective if the demands of all MPs are the same.
Keen for more detail on how a party’s policy could achieve these things? Check out our National Agenda.
Politicians are people too. Always be polite, professional and courteous. Arrive on time, with time to sign in at reception and gather your thoughts. If relevant, acknowledge any support they have given to your issue in the past. Try to connect with your MP by sharing the reasons you really care about this issue – they may have a story to share too. No matter how outrageous the decision a government has taken or their attitude towards the people who are campaigning against them, you are never going to influence someone by being abusive or impolite. Be professional, courteous and determined – rather than making it personal.
Pics or it didn’t happen
Ask your MP for a photo together to share afterwards! Ideally, someone in the photo will be holding a climate election poster in the picture. If your MP will not take a photo with you, be sure to take one with the group outside the office with clear signage in the background.
Let us know how it went!
We’ll be in touch with a reportback form so you can share how it went and your photo.
Tell the world!
Share the story of your meeting on social media using the hashtag #HereNow and #OneMillionConversations. This helps to normalise community political action and lets your friends and family know about the campaign!
You might also like to contact your local paper and see if they’re interested in a story about the meeting and the campaign.
Send a follow up email to your MP
Thank them for their time and confirm the commitments they made. Let them know how many conversations you plan to have in their electorate and that you’ll be back!
Want more detail on how to influence your MP? Check out our detailed guide!