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Activist Commandments for the Environmentalist (plus petitions)

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If you tend to focus your activist interests on environmental and animal justice – or you want to find a way to get involved – check out some simple ways to do so.

 

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| September 21, 2011

Online petitions

Introduction

This guide is intended to show activists how to create an online petition.

 

Overview

The petition is a tool that has been used by activists for years. In the past, the petition has taken the form of a written request for action that is accompanied by a collection of signatures. Contemporarily, however, activists are opting for online petitions.

 

Considerations

What online petition platform should I use?

How do online petitions work?

How do I promote my online petition?

How can I promote my online petition offline?

 

Choosing a platform

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PetitionOnline

PetitionOnline offers free online hosting of public petitions.

PetitionOnline instantly generates web-based petitions from user-submitted online forms. Functioning as an online clipboard, the website collects and displays all petition signatures. As each petition is self-contained, accessibility for would-be signers is available via the petition URL.

The tool's aim is the advancement and promotion of grassroots democracy.

 

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The Petition Site

The Petition Site hosts various templates for online petitions that users can create for specific causes and/or campaigns. The site is focused on conservation, although petitions on any topic can be created.

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