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!
Some topics we are currently focused on include:
- Calling on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for the most protective rules possible, including 2,500 foot setbacks and a rapid transition away from fossil fuel development in our state.
- Calling for local bans on fracking.
- Calling on Public Employees Retirement Association to curb fossil fuel investments.
- Raising awareness about climate change and demanding a more rapid transition away from fossil fuels and toward a renewable energy future.
Please choose a topic and begin writing! Help increase awareness, share your story, express your concerns and call for stronger climate leadership by submitting an op-ed or letter now.
Here’s how you can take action now:
- Step 1: Sign up to write a letter to the editor and/or op-ed here. You can also sign up here to join a dedicated group of writers who are on call to write on specific topics as needs arise.
- Step 2: Pick your topic & start writing. Click here for suggested talking points and sample LTE and Op-ed language to guide your submissions.
- Step 3: Pick your newspaper target(s) and begin submitting. Click here for contact information for newspapers throughout the state.
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