When I first joined Hull Friends of the Earth last year, I had just picked up a wonderful copy of ECO and was inspired by the contents. It was amazing to find a local group building awareness of environmental issues and campaigning in support of them.
After attending my first meeting I was amazed by the knowledge of longstanding members and felt a drive to do something more to fight local and national planning applications with negative environmental impacts. And at that point the fear kicked in! I had never written to one of my representatives before. How would I phrase my frustrations? Did I know enough about the subject I wanted to highlight to them? What information would I need to include?
After lots of reading a bit of courage I managed to overcome these hurdles so here’s a quick guide to those out there that feel like they want to do something to make a change but aren’t sure where to start!
- Ready – Help is out there!
- Many campaign sites (the ones we are working on can be found on our campaigns page) have ideas on some of the messaging and phrasing you can include in a message about a particular topic.
- You can search here (add hyperlink) to find out the details of your local MP and here (add hyperlink) to find the details for your local councillors
- Ask someone from the group who has experience in writing to their local representatives for advice
- Steady – Make it Personal
- If you are using any phrasing from campaign websites make sure you also add in your personal reasons for being concerned with the issue.
- Make sure to include your address details as your representatives need to make sure they are representing individuals within their constituency.
- Go – Send your email or post your letter!
- Remember you do have a voice and your opinion is important- we all have the power to make an impact.