Letter Writing Instructions

Letters to the Editor:

Each student will write a “letter to the editor” about some environmental/social issue of interest and importance to her/him, and submit it signed to your TA as well as to one or more newspaper(s) for publication. The letter should be <200 words for most papers (please check) and <400 words for the UCSD Guardian.

Suggested California Newspaper for Submitting a Letter to the Editor:

UCSD Guardian
editor@ucsdguardian.org [Must specify as UCSD student]
Coast News
Orange County Register letters@ocregister.com
San Diego Union-Tribune
Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury
Sacramento Bee
[Use this form to contact the Newspaper]

Note: Submissions must include full name, status (e.g., freshman student at UCSD), full address, telephone number and e-mail address. They may contact you to verify your identity. Any other newspapers that you may prefer are equally acceptable. It’s exciting to see your own thoughts and efforts in print; you just need to overcome the activation energy required to do it. I’m merely trying to help you with this by providing additional incentive.

Letter to a Government Representative:  

Each student will write a letter to one or more of our governmental official(s) on an environmental/social/political issue, and submit it to your TA as well as the politician(s). The letter can be of any length.

Suggested California Politicians to Contact:

  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Your local Congressional Representative*

*Go to http://www.votesmart.org to determine your Congressional and State elected officials. Enter your 4-digit zipcode extension for a list of your elected officials. Click on the official’s name to get their contact information and voting record.

To send an email directly to your Congressional Representative, go to: http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml (since some zip codes have more than one district, you might have to use the link provided to look up your 4-didit ZIP code extension).

Members of the class are also encouraged to join environmentally concerned student or community groups on and/or off campus, particularly Human & Earth Rights Organization (HERO) which holds seminars on Thursdays at 5:00 PM in room 3500 Pacific Hall. For dates, programs and locations click on the HERO tab above. Participation in outreach programs such as Earth Day and protests can be useful for bringing the important issues to the attention of the general public and other students. Do your part!