By John Feeney:
I received an email recently from GIM reader and occasional commenter, Alex Szczech, pointing me to his letter to the editor of his local paper. I was heartened to learn Alex had been inspired by content here to speak out on the topic of population. Now I hope more readers will be inspired by Alex.
Alex’s letter could serve as a model, in fact, for aspiring writers of letters to the editor. It’s succinct, so more people will read it. It’s factually accurate without pulling any punches or watering down its message.
It’s so easy to make a difference. These days most newspapers provide an online form or email address for letters to the editor. And depending on the paper’s circulation, a letter may reach a remarkably large numbers of readers. It’s tremendous “bang for the buck.”
So if you haven’t previously been a writer of letters to the editor, I hope you’ll follow Alex’s lead and start speaking out. Write a letter to your local paper about the population issue or the ecological crisis as a whole. After that, you might consider a letter to a major paper. The chance it will be printed is smaller, but the readership, should you get lucky, may be enormous.
Spreading awareness is key. Alex said in his letter, “I’m urging everyone to do whatever you can to raise awareness of this issue.” I like including that in the letter as well. It’s why I wrote this post.
Image source: partial screenshot, Capital Times.