Do your part to support solar energy in New Hampshire by reaching out to local politicians and newspapers.
Let your representatives know you support solar.
Several promising clean energy bills were vetoed by Gov. Sununu this summer. Override votes are scheduled for September, at which point house and senate members will have the opportunity to vote in support of solar. Contact your rep today and let them know you support these bills. All it takes is a quick email or phone call to make your voice count. You can find your rep and their contact info here.
Write a letter to the editor.
Local newspapers can be a powerful tool for change. Submitting an op-ed or letter to the editor is an opportunity to publicize your support for solar energy. If you’ve had positive personal experiences with solar, feel free to share them—personal stories can be very compelling. If you don’t have a personal anecdote to share, don’t worry. Just write about why you think New Hampshire would benefit from increased solar.
Here are a few writing tips to keep in mind:
- Keep your letter short and to-the-point. 250 words is a good length.
- Focus on the big picture and avoid including too many details that may distract from your main argument. Feel free to link to supporting articles or studies for any readers who might be interested in conducting further research.
- Emphasize the positive! There is plenty of negativity in the world already.
- Make it personal. Ideology can make it hard for people to consider other perspectives, especially when it comes to controversial issues like solar. A relatable story can help readers see where your coming from, regardless of any preexisting bias.
- In addition to local newspapers, email a copy of your letter to your elected officials.
- Don’t be afraid to call for specific action in your letter!