Letters to the Editor (LTEs) are an important tool for all ocean activists. Writing an LTE is a simple way to reach a large audience, educate your community, and show your elected officials that you care about an issue. Plus, writing an LTE is simple. All it takes is 20-30 minutes and a little creativity!
Here’s how to do it:
You can also write an LTE in reference to an upcoming event, like World Oceans Day, Hands Across the Sand, the anniversary of the BP disaster, a summer holiday that you spend on the beach, or an upcoming hearing or vote.
Here’s an example:
In response to this article: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-07-14/news/fl-online-letter2-20130714_1_airgun-whales-florida-beach
I was saddened to see David Fleshler's July 10th article about two whales dying after beaching on Jupiter Island.
Imagine, instead of two whales stranded on a Florida beach, hundreds or thousands stranded all along the East Coast.
If seismic airgun blasting is allowed in the Atlantic, beach strandings could become a more common occurrence here in Florida.
Typically, seismic airgun blasting surveys involve massive ships that travel across the ocean in successive parallel lines, towing one or more arrays of underwater airguns. As often as every ten seconds, twenty-four hours a day, for months at a time, these airguns fire intense blasts of compressed air down through the ocean and miles into the seafloor, creating one of the loudest manmade sources of noise in the oceans. Many marine animals depend on sound for communication and survival – including feeding, mating, and avoiding predators. Seismic airgun blasts for oil and gas can mask other underwater sounds – disrupting functions necessary for survival and risking serious injury or death to marine life.
We must protect Florida beaches and the wildlife that inhabits it. President Trump, the Department of Interior, and elected officials, must take a stand against seismic airgun blasting.
Submitting your LTE: