How to Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed
Letters to the editor and op-eds are useful tools for generating local coverage of climate issues and increasing your community’s awareness of the Climate-Safe California campaign. Here are tips for writing your editorial.
- Check with your local publications to see what the word count limit is for submissions
- Read other Op-eds/LTEs that the publication has released
- Write a Letter to the Editor. Use these Talking Points to get you started.
- Read a sample op-ed about Climate-Safe CA written by local elected officials
- Read a sample op-ed about Climate-Safe CA written by a business owner and one of our founders
- Research your case, find sources for compelling facts and statistics about climate change or the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment)
- Be concise and to the point
- Always contextualize your writing with your identity (I am a young person, a business owner, a worker, a grandparent, a faith leader, a community organizer, etc.)
- Send us a link or photo once you get published
About the Climate-Safe California campaign
Endorsed by 2,000 businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, and individuals, The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign offers climate solutions at the speed and scale that science demands. California has the tools and the know-how to remove more climate pollution than we emit by 2030. The Climate-Safe California campaign is a framework for getting it done. Together we can lead the way to a climate-safe future for all while creating thousands of jobs and building a more equitable clean energy economy.