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Completed Candidates Pledge

Thank you to these federal election candidates who have now pledged to support the rollout of solar and batteries for schools and early childhood centres in their electorate and nationally - if elected!
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CANDIDATE ELECTORATE STATE STATUS HOUSE PARTY
Allegra Spender Wentworth New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Kristyn Granville Warringah New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
The Hon. Zali Steggall MP Warringah New South Wales Current MP House of Representatives Independent
Alex Dyson Wannon Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Gilbert Wilson Wannon Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Janet Rice Victoria Victoria Current Senator Senate The Greens
Chetan Sahai Sydney New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Chris Schmidt Sturt South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The New Liberals
David Sherlock Sturt South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Katie McCusker Sturt South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
David Deex Spence South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Bree Roberts Shortland New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Barbara Pocock Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate The Greens
Drew Wolfendale Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Fusion
Senator Rex Patrick Senate South Australia Current Senator Senate Independent
Senator Lidia Thorpe Senate Victoria Current Senator Senate The Greens
David Pocock Senate Australian Capital Territory Not currently elected Senate Independent
Michael Simms Senate Australian Capital Territory Not currently elected Senate Informed Medical Options Party
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Senate lutruwita/Tasmania Current Senator Senate The Greens
David Shoebridge Senate New South Wales Not currently elected Senate The Greens
Andrea Leong Senate New South Wales Not currently elected Senate Fusion
Julie Power Senate New South Wales Not currently elected Senate Animal Justice Party
Senator Larissa Waters Senate Queensland Current Senator Senate The Greens
Penny Allman-Payne Senate Queensland Not currently elected Senate The Greens
Anna Sri Senate Queensland Not currently elected Senate The Greens
Renee Lees Senate Queensland Not currently elected Senate Socialist Alliance
Elise Michie Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Sustainable Australia Party
David Kennedy Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Fusion
Jack Duxbury Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Sustainable Australia Party
Louise Pfeiffer Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Animal Justice Party
Roger Yazbek Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Australian Democrats
Sandra Kanck Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Australian Democrats
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Senate South Australia Current Senator Senate The Greens
Ivan Davis Senate Tasmania Not currently elected Senate Animal Justice Party
David Knight Senate Victoria Not currently elected Senate Australian Progressives
Kammy Cordner Hunt Senate Victoria Not currently elected Senate Fusion
Senator Steele-John Senate Western Australia Current Senator Senate The Greens
Michael Hopper Senate South Australia Not currently elected Senate Independent
Patchouli Paterson Scullin Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Janine Rees Ryan Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Australian Progressives
Michael Organ Riverina New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Charles Jago Reid New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Sahar Khalili Reid New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Fusion
Louise Ihlein Paterson New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Dr Hanabeth Luke Page New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Serge Killingbeck Page New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The New Liberals
Heather Armstrong Nth Sydney New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Kylea Tink Nth Sydney New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Victor Kline Nth Sydney New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The New Liberals
Andrea Otto Nicholls Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives FUSION
Charlotte McCabe Newcastle New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Laura Hughes New England New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Claire Garton Moreton Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Deb Leonard Monash Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Matt Cox Mitchell New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Bill Pheasant Menzies Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Adam Bandt Melbourne Victoria Current MP House of Representatives The Greens
The Hon. Rebekha Sharkie MP Mayo South Australia Current MP House of Representatives Centre Alliance
Greg Elliott Mayo South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Ellisa Parker Maranoa Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Tony Hickey Macquarie New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Steph Hodgins-May Macnamara Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Dr Sophie Scamps Mackellar New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Pieter-Joris Morssink Lindsay New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Pat O'Shane Leichhardt Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Socialist Alliance
Elida Faith Leichhardt Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Phillip Musumeci Leichhardt Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Susanne Bayly Leichhardt Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
The Hon. Warren Entsch MP Leichhardt Queensland Current MP House of Representatives Liberal National
Helen Jeges Latrobe Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Michael Schilling La Trobe Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Monique Ryan Kooyong Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Piers Mitchem Kooyong Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
John Photakis Kingston South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
The Hon. Helen Haines MP Indi Victoria Current MP House of Representatives Independent
Janet Murray Hunter New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Penny Ackery Hume New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Georgia Steele Hughes New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Linda Seymour Hughes New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Louisa Willoughby Hotham Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Andrew McLean Hinkler Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Jack Dempsey Hinkler Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Jason Scanes Hinkler Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Sonya Semmens Higgins Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Jeanene Williams Hasluck Western Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Suzie Holt Groom Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Tim White Grey South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Liz Habermann Grey South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
James Haggerty Grayndler New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Fusion
Michael Dello-Iacovo Grayndler New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Rachael Jacobs Grayndler New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Sarina Kilham Grayndler New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Alana Galli-McRostie Goldstein Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Carmel McCallum Gilmore New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Suzette Rodoreda Gellibrand Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Andrew Charles Gellibrand Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Victorian Socialists
Jade Darko Franklin Tasmania Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Dr Sarah Russell Flinders Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Judene Andrews Fisher Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Stewart Gordon Brooker Fadden Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Geoff Barnes Dobell New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Fusion Party
Cath Connor Dobell New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Vinnie Batten Dickson Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Rob Humphreys Deakin Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Kate Chaney Curtin Western Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Dylan Green Cunningham New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Caz Heise Cowper New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Tim Nott Cowper New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Sue Bull Corio Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Socialist Alliance
Alex Marshall Corangamite Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Meg Watkins Corangamite Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Stephanie Asher Corangamite Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives Liberal
Janet Shelley Clark Tasmania Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
The Hon. Andrew Wilkie MP Clark Tasmania Current MP House of Representatives Independent
Sarah Newman Chisholm Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Tim Bohm Canberra Australian Capital Territory Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Tim Hollo Canberra Australian Capital Territory Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Tiana Kennedy Brisbane Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Martin Cousins Bradfield New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Nicolette Boele Bradfield New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Scott Rankin Braddon Tasmania Not currently elected House of Representatives The Local Party / Independent
Darren Briggs Braddon Tasmania Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Phil Johnson Bowman Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The New Liberals
Frankie Bray Boothby South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Jeremy Carter Boothby South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Jo Dyer Boothby South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Independent
Louise Miller-Frost Boothby South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives Labor
Dr Serge Diklitch Bonner Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives United Australia Party
Angela Lowery Blair Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives Animal Justice Party
Danielle Mutton Blair Queensland Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Brendan Clarke Berowra New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives Fusion
Cate Sinclair Bendigo Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Taylor Van Djik Barton New South Wales Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
John Barnes Ballarat Victoria Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
Rebecca Galdies Adelaide South Australia Not currently elected House of Representatives The Greens
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WHAT IS THE SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS PLEDGE?

In the lead-up to the federal election, parents and carers around Australia are asking all federal election candidates to pledge their support for the rollout of solar and batteries for schools and early childhood centres, in their electorate and nationally- if elected.

Solar Our Schools will:

  • Create 7000 renewable energy jobs around Australia,
  • Savings from energy bills would enable another 4000 more teaching jobs, directly addressing the national teacher shortage. 
  • Save 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere each year.

 

CONSTITUENTS - CLICK HERE TO ASK YOUR CANDIDATES TO PLEDGE 

 

CANDIDATES - CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE 

 

 


Candidates Pledge Resources

Candidates, thank you for pledging to support solar and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres in your electorate and nationally, if elected.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR CANDIDATE'S PLEDGE

WHY PLEDGE?

In the lead-up to the federal election, we are asking all candidates to pledge their support for the rollout of solar and batteries for schools and early childhood centres in their electorate; and that if elected they will also support the rollout of solar and batteries in schools and early childhood centres across Australia.

Solar Our Schools will:

  • Create 7000 renewable energy jobs around Australia,
  • Savings from energy bills would enable another 4000 more teaching jobs, directly addressing the national teacher shortage. 
  • Save 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere each year.

DOWNLOAD MATERIAL FOR CANDIDATES: 

1. ONE PAGE SUMMARY OF SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS FOR CANDIDATE

2. A3 PLEDGE CERTIFICATE FOR CANDIDATES (PRINT QUALITY)

3. INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

4. SOCIAL MEDIA TILE - INSTAGRAM

5. SOCIAL MEDIA TILE - TWITTER

6. SOCIAL CONTENT FOR CANDIDATES

7. MEDIA RELEASE FOR CANDIDATES

WHY?

More than 12,000 parents around Australia have put their support behind Solar Our Schools because they want to see practical, shovel-ready climate solutions embraced by our federal and state and territory governments working in cooperation. 

HOW?

Federal candidates are encouraged by local residents to sign onto the Solar Our Schools pledge.

In return, Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA) provides:

  • An A3 pledge certificate for candidates  
  • Where possible a photo opportunity with parents in their electorate
  • Social media collateral for candidates to show they have signed onto the pledge

AP4CA will:

  • Promote the candidate’s pledge via a media release to local media
  • Promotion of the candidate's pledge campaign results in national media releases 
  • Promotion of the candidate’s pledge via direct email to 15,000 supporters around Australia
  • Promotion of the candidate’s pledge via our social media channels

We do not endorse the party or candidate, instead, we celebrate their support for the Solar Our Schools policy. 

AP4CA is non-partisan, so we will also encourage other candidates in the electorate to support Solar Our Schools. We aim to make climate action a non-partisan issue and want to create a race to the top in embracing shovel-ready climate solutions.

For more information please contact Communications and Campaign Director Heidi Lee Douglas, [email protected] 0401 092 570


Candidates Pledge

Around Australia, parents have been actively meeting with federal candidates from all political persuasions to support the Solar Our Schools policy - solar and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres (means-tested).

Now, ask your federal elections candidates to make a pledge to support Solar Our Schools - if elected. Let's create a race to the top for renewables in schools! 

 

CLICK HERE to ask your candidates to pledge to Solar Our Schools 

WHAT IS IT?

In the lead-up to the federal election, we are asking all candidates to pledge their support for the rollout of solar and batteries for schools and early childhood centres in their electorate; and that if elected they will also support the rollout of solar and batteries in schools and early childhood centres across Australia.

Solar Our Schools will:

  • Create 7000 renewable energy jobs around Australia,
  • Savings from energy bills would enable another 4000 more teaching jobs, directly addressing the national teacher shortage. 
  • Save 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere each year.

 

WHY?

More than 12,000 parents around Australia have put their support behind Solar Our Schools because they want to see practical, shovel-ready climate solutions embraced by our federal and state and territory governments working in cooperation. 

 

HOW?

Federal candidates are encouraged by local residents to sign onto the Solar Our Schools pledge.

In return, Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA) provides:

  • An A3 pledge certificate for candidates  
  • Where possible a photo opportunity with parents in their electorate
  • Social media collateral for candidates to show they have signed onto the pledge

AP4CA will:

  • Promote the candidate’s pledge via a media release to local media
  • Promotion of the candidate's pledge campaign results in national media releases 
  • Promotion of the candidate’s pledge via direct email to 15,000 supporters around Australia
  • Promotion of the candidate’s pledge via our social media channels

We do not endorse the party or candidate, instead, we celebrate their support for the Solar Our Schools policy. 

AP4CA is non-partisan, so we will also encourage other candidates in the electorate to support Solar Our Schools. We aim to make climate action a non-partisan issue and want to create a race to the top in embracing shovel-ready climate solutions.

 

GUIDANCE FOR HOW TO APPROACH CANDIDATES 

  • If possible, please approach all candidates in your electorate at once, to create a fair and level playing field. You can do this by emailing them all using this tool: https://ap4ca.good.do/candidatespledge/sos/
  • Follow up your email with a call to the candidate's office within a few days to ask for a meeting with your candidate to discuss the pledge further. Whilst you are calling the candidate's office, be kind and courteous. Having a good relationship with the campaign manager or office manager may be the key to getting your foot in the door.
  • You can ask your candidate to up their commitment to the pledge, thus encouraging a race to the top on renewables.

 

DOWNLOAD MATERIAL FOR CANDIDATES: 

1. ONE PAGE SUMMARY OF SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS FOR CANDIDATE

2. A3 PLEDGE CERTIFICATE FOR CANDIDATES (PRINT QUALITY)

3. INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

4. SOCIAL MEDIA TILE - INSTAGRAM

5. SOCIAL MEDIA TILE - TWITTER

6. SOCIAL CONTENT FOR CANDIDATES

7. MEDIA RELEASE FOR CANDIDATES

 

CONSTITUENTS - CLICK HERE TO ASK YOUR CANDIDATES TO PLEDGE 

 

CANDIDATES - CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE 

 

FIND OUT WHO HAS ALREADY PLEDGED 

 


Solar Our Schools: State of Play

Since July 2020, we have united more than 11,000 parents behind Solar Our Schools - asking the Federal Government to fund solar and batteries for every school and early childhood centre in Australia.

We are now calling on individual states and territories to progress a state and federal partnership on Solar Our Schools.

So far, State Governments have made wildly differing levels of progress towards putting solar and batteries on public schools, with absolutely no support for solar and batteries on independent schools or early childhood centres.

We need your help! Write to your State Education Ministers asking them to work in partnership with the Federal Government, to support funding Solar Our Schools and remove barriers to its implementation.

Click on your location to write a letter to your State's Education Minister: NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT

What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

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Infographic sources:

Federal: http://www.industry.gov.au/Energy/EnergyEfficiency/Documents/NSSP-Evaluation-Report-Final.pdf, p13

NSW: https://nsw.liberal.org.au/Shared-Content/News/2020/POWERING-OUR-PUBLIC-SCHOOLS-INTO-THE-FUTURE/ and https://www.solarmyschool.org.au/

Vic: https://reneweconomy.com.au/victoria-seeks-600mw-wind-and-solar-to-power-hospitals-schools-and-trains-20495/

Qld: https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/det/building-education/major-projects-and-initiatives/advancing-clean-energy-schools-program 

SA: South Australian Department of Education

WA: https://reneweconomy.com.au/w-a-to-spend-66m-on-solar-and-batteries-for-schools-communities-and-social-housing-92719/ 

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/09/McGowan-Government-launches-solar-schools-program-for-regions.aspx#:~:text=Education%20and%20Training%20Minister%20Sue,public%20schools%20throughout%20Western%20Australia.

Tas: Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc.

NT: http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/31965

ACT: https://www.anao.gov.au/work/performance-audit/management-national-solar-schools-program

 

Image: Map Australia Divided In States from Vector.me


Creating a localised Solar Our Schools pitch (60 mins)

The next step to becoming a spokesperson for Australian Parents for Climate Action is creating a localised Solar Our Schools pitch.

A key part of our federal election strategy is to work with our local groups to have tangible, achievable, strategic climate actions “asks” that you are empowered to take to your local Federal MP’s, and to also get these “asks” covered in local and national media stories. 

Funding Solar Our Schools federally is a solutions-based policy you can ask your Federal MP to back in their party, as a concrete action that their party can commit to as part of their roadmap to net-zero emissions. 

Thus we need for you to be able to pitch Solar Our Schools to your local Federal MP as a policy that would be good for both your local community and the nation.

You can learn more about Solar Our Schools here.

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Meeting with your MP (45 mins)

The next step to becoming a spokesperson for Australian Parents for Climate Action is meeting with your Federal (or State) Member of Parliament.

Well done! You have secured a meeting with your Federal (or State) Member of Parliament.

The first thing to clarify with yourself is if you are planning to meet as a representative or supporter of AP4CA. If you meet under AP4CA branding then we do need you to ask that your style of communication and your ask aligns with our strategy. Read on to find out more!

If you don't want to stick to this strategy, then we kindly ask that you meet as an individual and not connect the meeting with AP4CA. Thanks!

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Darwin Local Group meets with Chief Minister

We are Cara, Alice and Allana - the local group leaders in Darwin, Larrakia country. Urging our Territory and Federal MPs to do more to tackle the climate crisis has become important volunteer work for us, while we wrangle three babies and two preschoolers! Finding a way to get our message across with little people in tow was essential. What better way than a weekly climate protest playgroup – right out the front of our local MP's office – who happens to be Chief Minister Michael Gunner!

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We need your help to make a colourful, memorable impact on Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge to get him on board our Solar Our Schools campaign — to install solar panels and batteries at every school and preschool in Australia.

Australian Parents for Climate Action lodged a Pre-Budget Submission to the Federal government to include funding for Solar Our Schools in the May 2021 budget, and many of our supporters wrote a personal submission in support of Solar Our Schools — thank you, legends!

But so far our requests for Federal funding for Solar Our Schools, and our request for a meeting with Minister Tudge, have fallen on deaf ears, so we need to make sure he can hear the voices of the 11,000-plus parents and children across Australia who support Solar Our Schools!

Insiders tell us that letters and artwork from children make it to the top of the pile of Ministers' correspondence — so your kids artwork will get noticed in a way that letters from us adults won't!

Here’s how you can help:

1. Make a Time to Shine artwork with your child (check out our inspiration board below)

Create a sun artwork with a “sun clock” theme to convey the message to Minister Tudge that the clock is ticking on the need to reduce our carbon emissions, and we need him to advocate for funding Solar Our Schools! 

Older kids can write a letter — or make a TikTok video! — explaining why Solar Our Schools is a no-brainer. Here are some points they could mention:

  • Solar and batteries on every school and preschool in Australia will lower school energy costs, create local jobs and lower carbon emissions!
  • The Federal Government has fallen behind the states on renewable energy infrastructure investment. It’s time for the Federal Government to come to the party and shine on our schools!
  • With a Federal election and the Glasgow COP26 conference both looming, now is the time for our Federal government to invest in renewable energy infrastructure that reduces our carbon emissions and creates green jobs across Australia!

2. Send your Time to Shine creations to Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge

Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Education and Youth

PO Box 6022

House of Representatives

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 7350

[email protected] 

NB: If you are sending Minister Tudge your Time to Shine artwork or letters in the mail, take a photo of them before you send them off. 

3. Share your Time to Shine creations with us

Share photos of your artwork and letters and/or your videos on social media with the hashtags #SolarOurSchools and #TimetoShine, and our handle @ap4ca. 

If you want to tag Minister Tudge, his handles are: @tudgeMP (Facebook), @alan_tudge (Instagram) and @AlanTudgeMP (Twitter).

Also, please email them to [email protected] for us to share with our supporters so we can encourage others to send a message to Minister Tudge!


Come on, let's make some noise!

Here is some expert tips on writing a punchy and personal letter to the editor:

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

  • Grab a copy of your local paper or read it online to get a feel for the letters section – how many are printed, average length, types of topics covered, tone.

MAKE IT PUNCHY

  • Be considered and critical where necessary, but avoid ranting. You are trying to convince people, not shut them out.
  • Keep your letter short and succinct: 150-250 words is a good guide. Less is more.

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS 

  • Focus on the positives – Solar Our Schools is great for:
    • Jobs and post-COVID economy
    • Saving schools money in electricity bills
    • Schools being able to re-allocate money saved from power bills into more teachers or educational resources
    • Millions of tonnes per year carbon emission reduction
    • While some schools/states have made progress with respect to solar, Solar Our Schools calls for every school and early childhood centre to receive solar and batteries – renewable power for all, not just a few.
  • You could mention that you have signed the Open Letter to the Prime Minister to Solar Our Schools and you would like other people in your community to sign the open letter too.
  • Or you could mention how you've made a Pre-Budget Submission to the federal government so they will (hopefully!) include Solar Our Schools in the next budget. You care what your taxes are spent on!

MAKE IT LOCAL

  • Make it relevant to the readership – why should other locals care about the points you are making?
    • Do schools in your area desperately need solar?
    • Are classrooms too hot, and the best way to cool them would be air-conditioners powered by solar?
    • Is there something else about Solar Our Schools or AP4CA that you think would interest your local Member of Parliament?

MAKE IT PERSONAL

  • Mention your perspective as a parent:
    • What kind of world would you like to see your children grow up in?
    • What do you worry about as a parent when it comes to climate change?
    • What does Solar Our Schools mean to you and your family personally?
  • Sign your name rather than just your school/organisation. 

SUBMITTING YOUR LETTER

  • The paper (or online version) will provide contact details – a general editorial email address, contact details for the editor or instructions on how to submit a ‘letter to the editor’.
  • Be sure to follow any specific instructions about your letter (format/word length/content). 

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