Why write a letter to the editor?

Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any newspaper or magazine. A personal letter to the editor can mean an important environmental cause reaches a large audience. In doing so you have a chance to influence public opinion, move everyday people to take action and influence decision-makers directly or indirectly.

Here are some tips from the Greenpeace crew on writing an effective letter.

Style and tone

Keep it short and sweet. Many newspapers have limits on the length of letters (200-300 words is often a maximum) so keep your letter focused and brief. Check your local paper for their guidelines (for example the Waikato Times).


Seven simple steps

Have a question? Email the Greenpeace crew at [email protected]