Inviting Your Friends, Neighbours or Workmates

Our goal is to support our friends, neighbours or workmates as they seek ways to reduce their climate pollution by inviting them to a Community Climate Circle. But how do you start if you haven’t met your neighbours, and if they live behind a closed door, or at the end of a long rural driveway? Here are some ideas:

  1. Become familiar with the pages on this website.
  2. Join a Community Climate Connectors Learning Day. Details of the next Learning Day will be posted here.
  3. When you are ready, use our suggestions to write your own invitational letter or email. feel free to use text from any of the examples below!
  4. If you know 2 or 3 neighbours, tell them what you are planning, and ask them who else they know who, might be interested to come to the Circle.
  5. Where to meet? Some people will be comfortable using their own home or backyard. Another possibility is to book a public room in a library, community hall, church hall, or recreation centre.
  6. Choose a date and time. Saturday mornings are often a good time.
  7. Create a poster using our template (yet to come) with tear-off-slips for your phone number or email, and post it on noticeboards. If you use your email, you will get your neighbours’ emails when they get in touch. Ask local shops if they could put a poster (without tear-off slips) in their window.
  8. Write a letter to your neighbours and mail it to them, addressed simply “Dear Neighbour.”
  9. For neighbours, one approach is simply to Knock on the door. Introduce yourself as a neighbour, and show where you live. Then ask if they would be interested to join a Community Climate Circle, either on a set date, or a date to be determined, based on interest. Hand them a leaflet, which we have yet to produc
  10. Make or borrow a sandwich board, put your poster on it, and place it outside your home, or outside a friendly shop.
  11. Do you have BlockWatch? If so, approach the organizers and ask if they can share your invitation.
  12. Ask your local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) if they can share your letter.
  13. Ask a local church if they can share information about your Circle.
  14. Post the information about your Circle on your Facebook page, using our frogs image or one of your own to draw people’s attention. Be sure to emphasize that the Circle is just for people living (eg) on Templeton Street.
  15. If you come up with other ideas, let us know! guydauncey@earthfuture.com

Our Invitational Toolkit

When it is ready, our Invitational Toolkit will contain:

(a) A Letter or Email, you can write yourself, drawing on the examples below. You could either hand it to your friends, workmates, or neighbours, or mail it to them.

(b) A Poster with tear-off-slips for your contact details.

(c) A Postcard to distribute with a space for the time and place of your meeting.

(d) A Printed Brochure explaining what the Climate Circles are.

(e) Text for a Google Form which you can use if or when you have people’s emails.

Sample Letter to Neighbours

Hi Neighbours!

We are part of a new initiative called the Community Climate Circles. We share a huge concern about the global climate crisis, and a desire to reduce and where possible eliminate our family’s climate pollution.

We know we are not alone in this – a big new global poll of 1.2 million people found that 75% of Canadians and 65% of Americans see climate change as an emergency, and that 75% of the Canadians who see it as an emergency believe we should “do everything necessary, urgently”.

Our task as Climate Connectors is to share information about family climate solutions and the various government incentives and rebates with our neighbours, and to support each other as we work to end our climate pollution, which comes mostly from our vehicles and the way we heat our homes.

We are planning to host an on-line meeting to get together and chat. We’ll share information about the kinds of rebates and incentives that are available to make our homes more efficient and to buy an electric heat pump or an electric car. It will also be nice to connect!

Would you like to join us for an on-line meeting on Zoom?  If you are interested, give me a call, 250-XXX-XXXX or send me an email, and we’ll work out the best time to meet. 

Best wishes,

Sample Letter 2 to Neighbours

Hello neighbours! 

We hope that you and your family are well. We are sending you this note because we want to share that during the lockdown, we’ve had time to ponder some things. This has led us to a commitment to ‘do better’ in reducing our personal impact on the climate. 

We are not experts! We are learning and trust us, we are a long way from anything close to perfect role models… but we would like to learn to do better and are committed to continuing that journey.  

If you are interested in joining us, perhaps we could get together through a zoom chat? No pressure, no lecturing, no guilt, no debates, no politics … just sharing information about things that impact our climate, like food choices, how we renovate our homes, transportation etc. in a positive, productive and fun way. 

If you know this is something you’d be interested in exploring, please email us at (email address) We will be in touch about next steps. 

We aren’t taking this on alone, we are part of a group in Nanaimo – Climate Community Circles, which is exploring how ordinary people can make changes that positively impact the climate. The group is thinking that the best global results come from people working together towards a common goal, and our own neighbours is a great place to start. 

Look forward to hearing from you and sharing ideas and learning together.   

Sample Letter 3 to Neighbours

Every Quilt tells a story.  This quilt was made by Kindergarten kids in your neighbourhood.  It tells a story of what they love:  Family and friends, trees and flowers, animals, rainbows, play, being outside, laughter, home.

Our home on Earth is experiencing many threats, one of which is a Climate Emergency.  If we act together as a community we can do something to ensure a bright future for our kids and grandkids.  Piece by piece we can put together a plan to create this future. The same way in which a quilt is put together by children, we adults can put together a future.  Piece by Piece.  

Community Connectors hopes to help folks learn what they can do to help in small and larger ways from our own homes.  Many of us feel helpless, fearful, or don’t want to think about this Climate Emergency.  But, if we all contribute a small bit of time to learn what we can do, we are halfway there.

TO ATTEND OUR ZOOM MEETING PLEASE CONTACT:

Sample Letter to Coworkers and Colleagues

Hi Team!

I’m part of a new initiative called the Community Climate Circles. We share a huge concern about the global climate crisis, and a desire to reduce and where possible eliminate our family’s climate pollution.

I know we are not alone in this – a big new global poll of 1.2 million people found that 75% of Canadians and 65% of Americans see climate change as an emergency, and that 75% of the Canadians who see it as an emergency believe we should “do everything necessary, urgently”.

Our task as Climate Connectors is to share information about family climate solutions and the various government incentives and rebates with the people in our lives, and to support each other as we work to end our climate pollution, which comes mostly from our vehicles and the way we heat our homes.

I’m planning to host an on-line meeting for people I know to get together and chat. We’ll share information about the kinds of rebates and incentives that are available to make our homes more efficient and to buy an electric heat pump or an electric car. 

Are you interested in a non-work Zoom meeting?  Let me know and we’ll work out the best time to meet. 

Best wishes,

Sample Letter 2 to Coworkers and Colleagues

Hey all!

I’m concerned about the climate emergency and I know I’m not the only one! I recently joined a group, the community climate connectors, that aims to help people reduce their individual climate pollution and navigate the many programs and grants that aim to help you with it.

I’m hosting this meeting (you know, in case you haven’t had enough of me in meetings at work…) to discuss the issues with you and to help you get the most out of these grants and help you reduce your climate pollution as well.

We can discuss a variety of topics such as home heating, transportation, the food we eat, how we invest and just have an out of work catch up.

I hope to see you there!

Sample Letter to Friends

Hey Y’all,

I hope you and your family are well. I’m sending this note because I want to share that I want to ‘do better’ in reducing my family’s personal impact on the climate. 

I’m not an expert but I’m learning! If you are interested in joining us, perhaps we could get together through a zoom chat? No pressure, no lecturing, no guilt, no debates, no politics … just sharing information about things that impact our climate, like food choices, how we renovate our homes, transportation etc. Did you know the government will help pay for some of the renos?!

If this is something you want to chat about, let me know! We will be in touch about next steps. 

I’m not taking this on alone, I’m part of a group in Nanaimo – Climate Community Circles, which is exploring how ordinary people can make changes that positively impact the climate. The group is thinking that the best global results come from people working together towards a common goal, and our own local neighbourhoods are a great place to start. 

Look forward to hearing from you and sharing ideas and learning together.  

Sample Letter 2 to Friends

Hey!

It’s been a hell of a year. During this Covid year, I’ve had a lot of time to think about everything! (the way the world works, blah blah blah). One thing I’ve been thinking hard on is climate pollution and the climate crisis. I know I’m not alone either, I heard that 75% of Canadians are feeling about the same! Maybe you are too.

Do you want to grab a beer one day and chat about how we can work together to reduce our own individual impacts? I’ve joined a group, the Community Climate Connectors, who are aiming to share information about family climate solutions and the various government incentives and rebates to help each of us reduce our climate pollution.

Let me know, there will probably be a few people there, we can all figure it out together!

Cheers!

Published by Guy Dauncey

I am a speaker, author, activist and futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future and to translate that vision into action. I am founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning books Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. My latest book is 'Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible' (December 2015). www.journeytothefuture.ca For my sins, I am also an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. My main website is www.thepracticalutopian.ca.com. I live at Yellow Point, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

2 thoughts on “Inviting Your Friends, Neighbours or Workmates

  1. The letter with the children’s quilt hit home for me. I think it would also be important to include the Indigenous people of the area to be collaborators in this. Due to how they have been treated in the past, I think that they need to take the lead.

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