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Make your voice heard

If not us, then who? If not now, then when? 

There are many ways to make your voice heard for our ocean wildlife, who cannot speak for themselves. If we don't speak up against pollution, overfishing or warming oceans, then who will? Here are some ways you can make your voice heard: 

Speak out through the media

A letter to the Editor in either print or online platforms is a great way to make your voice heard to many. But remember, Editors receive hundreds of letters each day, so use these tips to increase your chances of having your letter published. 

  • Be timely and relevant. If something in the media motivates you to reply, send your letter that day or at least within 24 hours. If you're not responding to a story in the media, then try to badge it to an event or theme that is topical (eg: Clean Up Australia Day). 
  • Refer to the original article or story. In the first sentence of your letter include the title and date of the article, eg: “It is not acceptable for Australia to participate in the global trade in shark fin (‘Shark fin exports on the rise’, 13/4).”
  • Be brief! Keep it under 150 words and you're more likely to get your letter published. 
  • Keep it simple. Stick to the point. Editors don't want an essay. They want your opinion, and reasons to back it up. If the issue is complex, choose one or two points and stick to them. Be clear and concise. 
  • Be noticed! Make your letter stand out from the other by using an attention-grabbing first sentence to make people notice. 
  • Proof read it! Make sure your letter is edited for grammar and spelling mistakes, and make sure it makes sense. Ask a friend or relative to read over it before you send it off. 

Some useful contacts: 
The Canberra Times:
The Sydney Morning Herald:
The Australian:
The Courier Mail: online form here
The Age: see here
The West Australian:
The Australian Financial Review:

At the restaurant or seafood counter

If you eat seafood or even if you don't, let your restauranteur or fish monger know that sustainability matters to you as a paying customer. Share your concerns if they're selling overfished or threatened species, or shark fins from Australian or overseas fisheries. Remember to be polite. Your host may not be aware of the issues, but should be receptive to you as a paying customer. You can direct them to the Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide website for more information

Petition and letter writing

When we need to make a big noise on an issue we set up online petitions to make it easy for you to make your voice heard. When more people speak out at once on the same issue, our voice turns into a roar. You can sign our current online petitions here.

If you want to make an even bigger impact, send your own personalised letter to your local member or the relevant minister. But remember these essential tips:

1. Use their correct title

2. Give your correct contact details so they can send you a reply

3. Be polite and patient. Politicians receive hundreds of letters each day and may take some time to respond to your letter. Make sure you ask them to send you a reply.

4. Use accurate facts and figures to state your case.

5. Tell them what you would like them to do about the issue (ie: protect a threatened species' critical habitat, stop an industrial coastal development etc).

6. Personalise it. Tell them why the issue is important to you.

AMCS staff outside Parliament House Canberra

Contact your local Member of Parliament 

Your elected local member is there to represent you as one of their constituents! Let them know your concerns about an issue by writing to them using the tips above, or by calling their local office to make your views known.

You can also make an appointment to see your local MP, but make sure you go prepared. Research your topic before you meet with them, and have a clear request prepared. Be polite and clear about your concerns and what you'd like your MP to do about the issue. Always remember, it's your right to have your voice heard.