Local news is one of the best ways of getting your voice heard and sharing your opinion with a large audience. It is a great tool to promote your ideas, and when your voice is part of a larger crowd of voices it becomes real news.
That’s why HREC are asking all our supporters to write in to your local newspaper. One letter about Bullington Cross might make it into the local comment pages, a whole barrage of letters makes headlines.
As always, you can find some inspiration below and details of who to write to.
So don’t wait, get writing and let’s make some headlines.
Tips and Advice
Keep it short- editors get hundreds of letters per week, all competing for valuable print space. Keeping things brief give you the best chance of being included.
Make it Persuasive- We all know several good reasons why community owned wind energy is necessary, pick one or two rather than trying to squeeze them all in. If you need some inspiration we have included some of our best below.
Make it personal- There is an old adage in journalism; “facts tell, stories sell”. Journalists love the personal touch. Think why Bullington Cross is important to you and cover that.
12 Good Reasons
1. 70% of the UK population support wind farms.
2. 2,750 local people have written to Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover councils asking for community ownership of the Bullington Cross wind farm.
3. The benefits of wind farms far outweigh any costs. They reduce carbon emissions, do not produce pollution, produce cheap renewable energy, generate local jobs, increase council revenues, and reduce our reliance on expensive dirty imported fossil fuels.
4. Wind farms generated enough electricity to power 5 million homes last year
6. Wind farms are just as efficient as nuclear, gas, and coal fired power plants.
5. By the end of 2013 17% of UK electricity came from renewable resources.
6. Wind farms have a smaller impact on our landscape than coal, oil, gas or nuclear power plants.
7. We have to get our electricity from somewhere it makes sense that we make some of it ourselves
8. Hampshire spends £4 billion a year on fossil fuels to generate energy. This is a drain on our local economy. We can make energy renewably ourselves and save money.
9. Community ownership means the benefits and profits from the wind farm accrue to local people ie US
10. A co-operative (Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op) has been formed to buy a community stake in the wind farm.
11. The biggest danger facing our countryside is climate change.
12. A NO to wind farms = A YES for climate change.
If your letters get printed please do let us know so we can feature them here on our website. Thanks!
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