Monday, March 7, 2016

If an 8 year old can write a letter to President Obama, so can you!

Nick Silverstein is an 8 year old shark activist from Queens, New York.  I've worked with Nick and his mom for a few years helping him to advocate for the protection of sharks in the United States and around the world.  A few years ago, Nick wrote to President Obama asking him to protect sharks.

Nick's letter provides a perfect example of how to write a comment letter.  In three simple paragraphs he (1) introduces himself and explains why the President should listen to him, (2) gives some background information on the issue, and (3) makes a specific ask on how to amend the proposed regulations.  Nick's letter is also handwritten and contained to a single page, which is preferable.  Unless you are a technical expert commenting on lengthy regulations, your message will be more effective if it is short and simple to understand.

Writing to your elected officials is easy to do and they appreciate hearing from their constituents.  So if an 8 year old kid living in Queens can write a letter to the President, what's stopping you?

Guest blog by Angelo Taotaotasi.  Follow Angelo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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