Examples of Letters and Emails

Specific Examples of letters to congress, agencies or the media. You may want to use these as a starting point or just an idea of how to begin.

  1. Letter to the Editor Proposed for West Virginia newspaper

I am neither Republican nor Democrat, neither liberal nor conservative, but I am an environmental scientist who pays attention to what a near 100% of climate scientists have to say about our future if we do not take courageous actions to turn it around. We know for example that it is too late to avoid large scale disasters like Hurricane Ida, swamped coastal communities from sea level rise, record drought, increased surface temperatures and loss of forest vegetation, devastating forest fires and intense rainstorms with flooding rivers. However, each will get worse, threatening lives, property and food and water supplies in our and other countries without rapid action. As you have stated publicly, President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget has a litany of progressive programs. Only a few are relevant to lessening the effects of climate change and it is this handful of programs I urge you to fight for Senator, for the livability of West Virginia, our entire country and even the planet. These include those that increase climate resilience, increase demand for zero-emission American made vehicles, create well-paid jobs building clean energy projects and improving critical water infrastructure, create a Civilian Climate Corps to pave a new pathway to well-paid green jobs in rural America and support climate science and clean energy research and innovation. The cost is a drop in the $3.5 trillion bucket and will be a start toward mitigating the potential for climate disasters in our country.

 

  1. Message to Joe Manchin, W. Virginia Senator

Senator Manchin:

 I beg you to keep climate legislation in the reconciliation bill. We must address the climate crisis and prioritize environmental justice before it is too late.

 The coal industry is destined to become extinct. The best thing you can do to help your constituents is to support and strengthen the measures already in the bill that will help them transition from fossil fuels to clean energy - while creating new jobs and learning new skills that will raise their standard of living and while protecting all of us from the devastation that awaits if we fail to act now. You can ensure a just transition for your constituents - especially for those workers and communities who are impacted by the inevitable changes to the coal industry.

 This is your opportunity to be remembered as a hero – not as the person who single-handedly destroyed humanity‘s best hope for a green and glorious future!   Thank you.

 

  1. Letter to State Senators and Representatives concurrent with above to Senator Manchin

I beg you to do whatever you can to encourage Senator Manchin to keep the climate sections in the reconciliation bill.  We must address the climate crisis and prioritize environmental justice before it is too late.  Please write him or talk to him and point out that the coal industry is destined to become extinct.  The best thing he can do to help his constituents is to support and strengthen the measures already in this bill that will help them transition from fossil fuels to clean energy while creating new jobs and learning new skills that will raise their standard of living and while protecting all of us from the devastation that awaits if we fail to act NOW.

 Urge Senator Manchin to ensure a just transition for his constituents - especially for those workers and communities who are impacted by the inevitable changes to the coal Ask him to join you in advocating measures in the bill to assure that we do not perpetuate economic, racial and gender inequities on who have been historically marginalized.

Remind him that this is his opportunity to be remembered as a hero - not as the one who single-handedly destroyed humanity’s best hope for a green and glorious future!

  1. Sample letter to respond to Colorado Xcel PUC permission to keep coal and methane burning power plants:

To:  dora_puc_website@state.co.us

Subject Comments on Xcel ERP Docket # 21A-0141E

Dear PUC Commissioners,

I am commenting on Xcel’s proposed ERP Docket #21A-0141E.  I am a long-term Coloradan, and Xcel customer.  

My concerns over climate change are huge, as the world continues to delay making the tough decisions needed to avert my children and grandchildren inheriting future disaster. 

Xcel is a major emitter of greenhouse gases due to its use of fossil fuels. Xcel should aggressively and rapidly move away from burning fossil fuels to renewable sources by 2030, and there are current opportunities to do so.  Instead, they propose to continue burning coal at Comanche 3 until 2040 and burn large amounts of natural gas well beyond 2030.  Knowing what Xcel knows, this is unconscionable, and uneconomic, as renewable sources have become less expensive.  

Both Denver and Boulder have committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and Xcel needs to fulfill those commitments.  Xcel has the opportunity to be a leader in the utility business, and supply what its customers want. 

I ask you as Commissioners to prohibit Xcel’s coal burning after 2025 and prohibit burning natural gas after 2030.

Your Name and Address

More generic examples

In addition to the UMC Climate Justice Movement that sponsors this website, The United Methodist Church includes two helpful additional websites—Church and Society and the United Methodist Women. These sites have examples of more generic and/or comprehensive letters that support legislative action on climate change and an easy way to send those letters to your congressmen/women.

The UMC Church and Society site (https://www.umcjustice.org/ ) speaks to its legislative priorities and has a short, general letter for you to use or modify that can be sent directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. Check it out at: https://www.umcjustice.org/what-you-can-do/advocacy/take-action/tell-congress-to-make-climate-justice-a-priority

The United Methodist Women have an example of a more comprehensive but still generalized letter of support for climate change legislation at this webpage: https://p2a.co/oiHdo45. Like the UMC Church and Society site, this page has a form for you to fill out and send the letter, or you can download it and make it your own.