As our regular readers will be aware, one of MCA’s key commitments in working towards Net-Zero Carbon, is to engage with local authorities and hold them to account. So far, we’ve been successful in encouraging SMDC to declare a climate emergency; set up a Climate Change sub-committee and, after some delay, establish specialist working groups to report to it, with MCA representatives attending these group meetings.

Since progress has been very slow, we are trying to inject a greater sense of urgency; more understanding of the issues; a greater awareness of what can be achieved and what other councils are doing, as well as an awareness of MCA’s expertise and our willingness to help.

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We really need our members and supporters to reinforce our messages by e-mailing their own representatives on the issues flagged up by us, so that councillors are in receipt of a coordinated response. This may seem like a pointless, or even tedious, activity but e-mailing or writing to politicians is an unsung but vitally important part of making change happen.

Your message can be as detailed, or not, as you choose. We suggest three possible levels of engagement:

  1. Use a sample letter provided by us, sent from your own e-mail address.
  2. Write your own message based on one or more bullet points provided by us and send in the same way.
  3. E-mail your own independent message, if this is an issue so close to your heart you want to vent your feelings, diplomatically of course!

For general guidelines on writing to your councillors see the website Write to Them. They can also help you identify your own local councillors. The SMDC website is useful for more up-to-date local information on sitting councillors.

If you get a reply, do please let us know by forwarding it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., adding your comments if possible. Even better, reply to them yourself but keeping us in the loop. No reply after several weeks is also useful for us know about.

We can collate this information and use it to point out to local politicians how dissatisfied their constituents are (if that proves to be true). Having the numbers will help to strengthen our case each time. It’ll also be useful to find out which excuses are used or, if we’re being optimistic, what positive actions are being implemented.

Despite our general criticism, we would like to applaud the hard work and commitment of those councillors who do take climate action seriously.  However, letters from their constituents urging them to do more should help them in making their case to others.