What's LtL About?

5 June 2014

I've written many letters over the years to politicians, community leaders, and local representatives about various issues of concern. Mostly, the subject matter has been about the environment (I know … it can be boring to some, but hey, someone’s got to stand up for it).

Anyway, THE ENVIRONMENT has had some of the greatest neglect in Australia over many decades, and has suffered from 

bouts of oversight (aka ignorance, self-interest, favouritism, ideology).

Australia today is undergoing very significant social, economic, and environmental change. It is conjectural whether this change is all for the good. It is arguable whether it will lead to enduring outcomes. 

There are many voices that are not being heard, and if they are, they are being ignored. Many people haven't ever written a letter to a leader to express their concerns about 'government' decisions, whatever they might be.

There are many mediums through which a collective voice is mobilising people of common concern, and I can think of GetUp!, Change.org, Avaaz, and a host of other online organisations.

But there are few places, aside from print media, where the individual voice can rise up above the din of social media and the cult of self that goes with it. 

Print media - a letter to the Editor of a newspaper for example - is also limited by a few words or a few lines, and even then there 

is no guarantee that your words will be published. That has been my experience. Editor’s prerogative. 

It is time to offer another way … a traditional way of communicating … and that is by letter writing. But with a difference - the letters need to be made available for all to read, and that's where this website Letters To Leaders provides the forum for their publication. 

So, if Letters To Leaders appeals to you, come on board. 
Write as much or as little as you prefer. Just write. It will be interesting to see the response you receive from your respondent(s).

Here is my first letter at Letters To Leaders. It is to you.

To The Concerned Citizen

In an age where the individual may seem powerless to right a wrong, this is the time to take action. Have your say. 

There are few better ways to do this than to write. Let the world know what your thoughts are. Get a bit cranky! 

To speak out about your own convictions, to get informed about matters of great concern, to change what you see is unjust and inequitable, to change the mind of those who make decisions on your behalf, to change the behaviour (for the good) of those who can not see what lies ahead … these are the essential elements of getting back your "power".

Allow me a small digression. Here are three quotes from Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), that wonderful Irish political philosopher and statesman.

People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. 8 October 1777

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation. 1792

There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law …  the law of humanity, justice, equity — the law of nature, and of nations. 28 May 1794

[Quotations Source : http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke]

Therein lie the reasons to be heard.

Make your voice rise up. Leave a legacy for the future.

It's time to write! It's time to write to leaders - past and present - of organisations, political parties, governments, government departments, businesses, corporations, people of influence … and probe the how, why, what, where, and when of contemporary issues that need to be elevated to the public consciousness and that need a response from leaders.

It's time to be heard, and to spread the word.

Will you join us? 

If you want to know more, just go to What To Do. If you want to find out more, go to What's LtoL About?

And then get writing!

I look forward to your letters being published here. Let them strike a chord for change.

Get into the scrum!



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