Letter writing is a great way to get decision-makers to take issues seriously. Whether you want to write to the editor of your community newspaper, your city or First Nations councillors, provincial representatives or MP, we can help. Our recent letter-writing campaigns have helped drive public discussion.

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A Letter to the Editor is an easy way to make a big impact. The editorial page is the most read section of the newspaper. Even if the editor doesn't publish your letter, they pay attention — especially to well-written letters related to a recently published article.

Tips for writing your letter to the editor:
  • Make it relevant: Make sure your topic is timely — write in response to a recent article.
  • Be concise: The first sentence should summarize your position. A common mistake is using the first paragraph (or the entire letter) to build to the point. Most editors read 2-3 sentences before making a decision to go on.
  • Mind your word count: Check the guidelines for the paper you are targeting. If they give a word count, follow it. If they don't, 200 words is generally considered the maximum length. Most papers don't consider letters that exceed the word count.
  • Check your spelling: Spell everything correctly and pay close attention to grammar. Editors choose well-written letters that meet their guidelines.
  • Submit the letter: On the website of your local paper, find the email address to submit a letter to the editor. When you send your letter, paste your letter directly into the body of an email rather than sending as an attachment. Many editors won't open attachments.
  • Make sure to send a copy of the letter to oceankeepers@davidsuzuki.org so we know what you've been up to. Of course, please let us know if and when your letter has been published.

Write to your local newspaper and let your community know why this is important to you. Review our tips for writing letters to the editor, above

  • Write your own letter to the editor (no more than 200 words)
  • Find the email of the editor of your local paper, and submit your letter in the body of the email.
  • Send us a copy at oceankeepers@davidsuzuki.org so we can keep track.