Our new coal and water report exposes just how much of our country’s freshwater coal corporations consume: a shocking 383 billion litres per year.
Coal uses 120 times more water than wind or solar to produce the same amount of electricity. And coal is the biggest driver of climate change. So as our governments make choices about spending public money on creating a more resilient future, the priority is clear – more clean energy, not coal!
Will you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and put this breaking story about coal and water at the forefront of people’s minds?
Letters to the editor are a great way to get an issue into the public view. Sharing your experiences and concerns can generate community discussion and encourage editors to cover these issues more.
Politicians often keep an eye on the letters page and have a file of opinions published in local newspapers. It is an easy way for them to keep their finger on the pulse of what is happening in their constituency.
You can use these handy facts from our coal and water report for background:
Your letter should be:
If you can, you should also ask that people reading your letter take action on this issue.
Generally newspapers publish what they see as well-written and articulate letters that are relevant to current or local issues and points of view, or that give a thoughtful perspective on complex issues and events.
It's often competitive to get published, so don't be concerned if yours doesn't get through. Try your local paper – there's often less competition than in big national newspapers.