Do you want to bring attention to the use of pesticides or antibacterials at your child's school?
Are you an advocate for an ordinance that restricts pesticide use in your community?
Do you want to raise awareness about the effects of pesticides on honey bees, water quality, and the wider environment?
Writing a letter to the editor of your local paper is simple, effective way to spread the word about the benefits managing landscapes, buildings, and your entire community without the use of hazardous pesticides. A growing number of localities, school systems, and universities across the country both large and small are enacting common-sense policies that forgo the use of pesticides in favor of safe, effective organic practices.
See below for a quick framework you can use as a general reference as you write your letter. Note that you can also refer to the substantive talking points listed on the side of the text box for general pesticide facts, but try not to rely on them too heavily. This letter must reflect the unique conditions surrounding the issue you are addressing.
Call out local officials or politicians directly by name (this makes sure that if the letter is published it the gets to their desk).
Keep your letter under 200 words.
Focus on the positive aspects of your goals.
Be concise and summarize your position in the first sentence (most editors read the first 2-3 sentences before deciding whether to include a letter).
Pay attention to spelling and grammar.
Add a personal touch.
If you'd like additional help in crafting your letter, please contact Beyond Pesticides by calling 202-543-5450 or emailing email@example.com
Step 1 - Select a Recipient
Letter to the Editor
The Letter to the Editor Section is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper and can reach a large audience. It allows community members to comment on the way issues are being addressed in the media and to influence the topics the local paper may choose to cover. Elected officials often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents' opinions.
We've made it easy for you to contact your local newspaper with your views, but editors want to hear from you in your own words.