Did you know that the ‘opinions’ section of the newspaper is one of the most-read sections? Please join 350 Colorado in raising awareness about climate change, oil and gas development in our state and related issues by writing a Letter to the Editor and/or Op-ed! In 2020 we’re calling on our community to raise awareness regarding ongoing oil and gas development and the associated pollution during a respiratory epidemic, calling for a halt to oil and gas operations during COVID-19.
The topics we are currently focused on include:
- Calling for an end to fossil fuel extraction during the COVID-19 respiratory pandemic.
- Calling out the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for continuing to allow permitting & extraction of oil and gas, while pausing protective rulemaking for communities
- Educating the public about the legislation adopted in 2019 that reforms the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), called SB 19-181, and to continue to build public understanding around why greater protections from fracking are needed.
Please also help us increase awareness around what the associated negative impacts of fracking are. Share your story, express your concerns and call for climate leadership by submitting an op-ed or letter now.
Here’s how you can take action now:
- Sign up to write a letter to the editor and/or op-ed here.
- Click here for letter-writing tips and contact information for newspapers throughout the state.
- Click here for suggested talking points and a sample LTE to guide your submissions.
- Click here for sample letter to write calling for no more fossil fuel bailouts during Covid!
- Click here for the Protect Air Quality During a Respiratory Epidemic Outreach Toolkit and spread the word!
Letter to the Editor and Op-ed Writing Tips:
- Make sure to follow the LTE or Op-ed instructions that the newspaper has, including using the appropriate word count.
- Provide a clear, catchy title.
- If there has recently been an article in the paper related to your issue, refer to it and the editorial staff is much more likely to print/post it. Put Re: “The name at the top of the article” (Name of Paper, date article was printed) at the top of your letter.
- Always provide your full name, phone number(s), and address at the bottom of your email. The newspaper wants this information in case they need to contact you. They will only print your name and your city.
- Call to make sure they received it and ask if they plan to print your letter; Or – set a google alert with your name to track when your name appears online.
- Even if your LTE or Op-ed does not get published, please know that your effort is not wasted. Your letter shows the paper that people are interested in the issue and helps get other supportive letters published.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org