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Letters to the Editor

Suggested talking points

Writing a letter-to-the-editor (LTE) to your local or regional newspaper is a very effective (and easy!) means to reach a large audience with your message. LTEs are printed on the editorial page, which is one of the most read pages in the paper. Elected officials closely monitor these pages to see what issues their constituents care about. It's a simple, effective way to reach your elected officials and share one or two main messages.

See below for some suggested talking points to help you get started writing an LTE focused on climate change. Be sure to read the LTE Tips page as well for more information about how to structure your letter.

Suggested Talking Points:

  • Recent scientific publications indicate that the consequences of climate change are already occurring at a faster pace and are of greater magnitude than projected. We must act today to swiftly and deeply reduce heat-trapping emissions.
  • Climate change will directly affect [your state]. In fact, we could see [rising temperatures, especially in our major cities, floods/droughts, loss of snowpack that feed our rivers and streams, negative impacts on agriculture, etc--include specific impacts from your own research, a UCS impacts assessment, or other published literature].
  • The most expensive thing we can do in the face of climate change is nothing. Acting to reduce our energy usage and transition to a clean energy economy can actually save us money. [See UCS analysis Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy for more specific information on cost savings for your region.]
  • The time for action is now. We need Representative/Senator XX to push for strong, effective, science-based legislation that will reduce emissions and make the transition to a clean energy economy.
  • Include your title and affiliation in your LTE signature
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