Five creative ways to engage with your MP
If you want to get the attention of your local MP you don’t just have to write a formal letter, there are loads of ways you can engage and let them know which issues you care about.
What comes to mind when you think of meeting you local MP?
I used to think that if I ever met an MP it would be a very serious matter. I had a picture in my head of being sat across a big wooden desk feeling tiny and completely out of my depth as I attempted to fumble together a semi-intelligent sentence to convince my MP to take action and expecting them to say no. However, I have come to realise that the picture above isn’t how it has to be and have been pleasantly surprised to realise that as hard as it is to believe, they are human, just like you and me.
This October, thousands of people up and down the country will be organising events with their local MP to talk about how we can tackle climate change together. We would love it if you and your friends got involved in the Speak Up Week of Action. However, we thought since MPs receive oodles of letters, phone calls, tweets and emails each week about a whole range of issues and sometimes quite negative, it would be great if we could creatively engage them. We want to petition them in a thoughtful way so that they don’t forget the event and at the same time, feel appreciated for all they do! So here are our top five ideas for how you could creatively engage your MP this autumn.
1. The proof is in the pudding
Ask your MP to channel their inner Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood and judge a bake-off, with the one condition that all the bakes need to have a message about climate change. Why not use Fairtrade ingredients to make them even more delicious. You can chat to them over a cuppa about why tackling climate change is important to you. The event could even be part of Tearfund’s Big Bake!
2. The Breakfast Club
Who doesn’t love brunch? Why not hold a big ‘ole vegetarian brunch (highlighting how carbon-intensive meat production can be) and invite your MP along? Who knows, you might have more in common than you thought.
3. Celebrate your local area
More often than not the food we eat carries a lot of air miles (check out the packaging to see how just how far your goods have travelled to get to you). Why not hold a street party with your neighbours and friends and only eat locally-sourced food? Create an opportunity to celebrate your local area while recognising our actions even small ones, can make a difference.
4. Reduce, reuse and recycle
Hold an upcycling workshop; invite your local MP to come and get crafty with your friends as you upcycle anything from old jars and furniture, swap clothes and anything else you can get your hands on. Find about how to run an up cycle workshop here.
5. What if my MP can’t attend?
If you have invited your MP to their event and they can’t attend, why not make your MP one of these beautiful Craftivist, Don’t Blow It hankies to remind them to take action to tackle climate change? They’ll get a homemade gift which they are way more likely to remember than a typed letter or email, and might even keep it to remind them to take positive action for the environment. There are loads more great ideas on the Craftivist Collective website for creative ways to get people thinking about injustice.
So whether you choose to perform an interpretive dance about climate change for your local MP or invite them on a nature walk around, don’t count yourself or your ideas out for engaging your MP this October.
Go on, add your voice to the movement this October and sign up to speak up.