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Raise Your Voice to Save the EPA: Write a Letter to the Editor

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Raise Your Voice to Save the EPA: Write a Letter to the Editor

The Trump Administration’s new budget proposal recommends a 23% cut in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget — jeopardizing our health and safety by reducing the funds that address air pollution, lead, toxic sites, contaminated water, and much more.

You now have the opportunity to raise your voice and the voices of other climate activists in your community: by writing your own letter to the editor of the Miami Herald today.

Letters to the editor are incredibly important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers — especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.

Here are a few tips to writing a great letter to the editor:

  • Keep it short! The Miami Herald has a 200 word limit for all letters to the editor. If you want your letter to stand out and get read, brevity is key — stick to the word limit.
  • Letters to the editor are most effective when they are spontaneous and heartfelt. Give it a personal touch, and it will be far more powerful.
  • After submitting your letter, follow up with a phone call. This might help bring some extra attention to your letter.
  • While your letter should address the editor of the newspaper, make sure to include Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's name in your letter.

Here are a few talking points to guide your writing:

  • The Trump Administration’s new budget proposal recommends a 23% cut in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget: which would mean more asthma attacks for our kids, more cancer and diabetes, and thousands more deaths from pollution.
  • The EPA’s budget is now less than half of what it was in the late 1970s — even though our population has since increased by 100 million people and our economy has doubled in size.
  • There are more than 1,300 highly toxic and contaminated active Superfund sites across the United States — and 54 of them are within Florida. But the proposed budget calls for a 6% cut in spending on Superfund levels compared with the last year of the previous administration.
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen must protect the people of Florida by fighting to include a fully funded and operational EPA in the federal budget.

Message

Cuts to EPA in Trump's new budget put the people of Florida at risk.

Dear Editor of the Miami Herald,

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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