Letter or e-mail writing is an effective conservation tool. It helps get the word out to newspapers, politicians and other Canadians, raising awareness and bringing attention to the many issues we face on the coast. But why write just one letter when you can host a letter writing party? Getting together with a group of friends to write letters is fun, educational and encourages more people to contribute their accounts and opinions of what is happening on the coast.
Many have asked us if letters actually make a difference. Please believe us that they do! Not only do many individuals report getting back responses from B.C. officials, the media outlets you include notice how many people are sending messages. It may feel like a small action, but each letter adds up.
Once you've got a group together, discuss next steps, for example, meeting with with your MLA or MP (click here to find government contact info). Your elected representatives are available to hear your views, and are likely to benefit from the information you can share with them about wildlife and conservation issues in the Great Bear. Get yourself up to speed by reading through our Conservation Priorities, Our Initiatives, News and Campaign pages for information on the issues we are working on. Once you have scheduled a meeting with your elected representative, you can schedule a call with us beforehand by using the form on our Connect with Us page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Start
Find a location: Whether it’s your living room, a community center, a coffee shop, or the local pub, any space to meet, talk and write will suffice.
Contact your friends: Phone your friends, send out a group email, bring it up as a suggestion next time you’re with a bunch of people, or post it on a notice board, online or in the local coffee shop. A lot of people might not jump at the idea of a letter writing party, so cast it as a social event, involve some food or drink (or both) and casually bring up talking points instead of trying to have a classroom like discussion.
Bring up talking points: There are so many environmental issues facing us that it is easy to become overwhelmed. When facilitating a discussion, bring up talking points and encourage creative brainstorming and sharing. The easiest way to get into a topic is to have an engaging conversation about it. Remember, an effective letter is personalized, short and concise (usually less than 150 words), and gets the point across in the first few sentences.
Send the Letters: The letters should be sent to politicians, to pressure them into making the right decisions and to keep them informed as to which issues are important to you. They should also be sent to newspapers as letters to the editor. Personal accounts and interpretations of current events are what newspaper editors rely on to inform their editorial sections, and the editorial section is often the first page politicians turn to.