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A few weeks ago, we asked our supporters in the United States to send letters to local newspapers asking them to tell the real story about the climate crisis and who is to blame – and guess what?
Dozens of letters got published! The headlines above are just a handful of many examples – and it demonstrates how powerful we are when we act together.
Since these letters to the editor got published, the Senate has passed historic climate legislation. If signed into law, the bill, formally known as the Inflation Reduction Act, would allocate $369 billion to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy sources. While this is an important opportunity, there’s still a lot to do – especially to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable.
A big part of winning the fight against the fossil fuel industry is about winning the media fight. Fossil fuel companies spend billions of dollars hiring PR firms to confuse the public and spread disinformation. It’s our job to set the record straight.
The media needs to make one thing about extreme weather very clear: the fossil fuel industry is to blame.
And saying it once isn’t enough. We will not stop calling on the media to report on the culprits of this devastation until they are held responsible by the broader public and the politicians they bankroll.
It is more important now than ever before that the media, the public, and our politicians hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for causing the heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, and floods we’re seeing today.
If you’re based in the US and haven’t sent a letter to the editor of your local newspaper yet, feel free to use our tool. There’s a template available which you may edit to your liking, and a list of local newspapers in your area. Be sure to ask them to accurately cover the climate crisis and make the clear connection between climate events and the actions of the fossil fuel industry.
Together, we can build the pressure we need to defeat the rogue fossil fuel industry, and be a step closer to climate justice.