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Write a Letter to the Editor of your Newspaper: Support Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation!

The editorial pages of the newspaper are often the most widely-read pages of the paper, giving it a huge public audience. Decision-makers often read letters to the editor to get a sense of their constituencies' concerns. Luckily, it's never been easier to submit one, and below you will find contacts for more than thirty print and online papers.

You can help Rhode Island achieve a comprehensive strategy for dealing with climate change by writing a letter in support of this year's climate resilience bills (Rep Art Handy's H7904 and Sen William Conley's S2952) to the editor by following these three steps. Don't hesitate to send your letter to more than one of the media outlets below; the more, the merrier.

Step One: Click on the web form or email address of your newspaper of choice:

 

The Providence Journal letters@projo.com
The Newport Daily News Editor@NewportRI.com
The Westerly Sun Use this web form
The Pawtucket Times editor@pawtuckettimes.com
East Bay Newspapers Use the forms found here
South County Independent editorial@scindependent.com

Warwick Beacon/
Cranston Herald

johnh@rhodybeat.com
Brown Daily Herald

Use this web form 

Southern RI Newspapers (Narr. Times/Standard Times/etc.) 

Use this web form

Patch (there are 14 in RI now!)

Find your local one here 
Providence Business News  editor@pbn.com 
Valley Breeze/The Observer editor@breezeobserver.com
Northeast Independent editorial@neindependent.com
ecoRI frank@ecori.org
The Good 5 Cent Cigar  Use this web form 
The College Hill Independent theindy@gmail.com

 

Step Two: Things to think about when writing your letter: By using the framework of "prosperity," "independence," "resiliency,"and "responsibility" your message will be clear and irrefutable. Just remember to include your name and address in your letter. Most papers do not accept letters without your contact info, and they generally like to limit length to less than 400 words. So, be strong and concise and let them know who you are. Here are some talking points to consider.

  • Urgency: Rhode Island is falling behind its neighbors in the race to transition to a renewable energy economy. Massachusetts has tens of thousands of jobs in the renewable energy industry to RI's 350! We need to catch up and we can help make that happen by setting strong goals for reducing carbon emissions. Let's aim for 25% reductions by 2020 and 85% by 2050 as the science says we need to.
  • Re-Energizing our Economy: Our addiction to imported energy is a major threat to our prosperity. But by re-energizing our economy by building a robust solar industry and becoming the base for the offshore wind industry, we will ensure that more hard-earned Rhode Island dollars stay at home and good paying jobs are created for our beleaguered labor force.
  • Preparing:  Rhode Island is already suffering great damages from climate change due to flooding, sea level rise, and storm surge. We can build a Rhode Island that's more resilient to these impacts by planning better and coordinating the responses of our state agencies and municipalities. We need policies for this "climate adaptation" to minimize the risks we face and capitalize where there are opportunities.
  • More Talking Points: CLICK HERE.

Step Three: Fill out this short form to let us know you've sent a letter, and you're done! Thanks!

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