This summer, thousands of Greenpeace activists around the world have been working in their communities asking their local leaders to stand up for the Arctic.
What does that mean? It’s all a part of the global campaign to make the northernmost part of the Arctic a global sanctuary. As global warming causes the Arctic to melt, multinational corporations like Shell are chomping at the bit to be the first to exploit the uninhabited areas of the Arctic.
If we’re going to protect the Arctic, we need all levels of leaders from around the country to join this call. To make the Arctic matter on the national stage, leaders like President Obama need to know that it really matters in communities around the country.
That’s why we’re asking Greenpeace activists and supporters to do something a bit different this summer. We’re asking people to start a community petition for the Arctic.
We’ve teamed up with Moveon.org to give Greenpeace supporters a way to start their own community petitions.This partnership with Moveon.org is brand new and we’re really excited about the potential to amplify grassroots power.
We’ll make sure you have everything you need to make a big difference in your community for the Arctic. If your petition gets at least 250 signatures, we’ll share it with our Facebook fans in your community (our Facebook page has 300,000 followers nationwide). If it gets at least 500 signatures, we’ll email it to everyone on our list in your area.
Because this is a new way we’re asking people to be involved, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide and Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Pick a local leader to send your petition to. If you live in a city with a mayor, that is probably your best bet. You’ll need his or her email address, which you can probably find by going to your city’s website. If you don’t have a mayor, another great choice is your state representative, senator, or Assemblyman.
2. Go to http://petitions.moveon.org/greenpeace/ to start your petition.
3. Decide what you want to say to your local leader about why they should support the Arctic sanctuary. You can write your own petition language, or use this language:
Name: Protect our Arctic
4. You’ll be asked to say why you’re starting this petition. You’ll want to keep this short, but it’s a good way to tell your friends and neighbors why this is important to you. Stumped? Here’s a sample:
“The Arctic is an amazing place, home to whales, polar bears, and other amazing creatures. We need to act now to protect it for future generations.”
Frequently asked questions:
Why is this through MoveOn.org?
Moveon.org has built a really great tool that allows people to easily create and share petitions in their communities. We’ve built this partnership with them because we have shared goals of empowering activists to drive change beginning in their own communities.
Who should I address this petition to?
Your mayor, state representative, or state senator is your best bet. They are closely connected to your community, and thus more likely to listen, but have a high enough profile to be listened to.
How do I find my petition target’s email address?
If it’s your mayor, their email is probably on your city/town website. For state legislators, look at their individual page on the legislature’s website, or call the switchboard.
But my mayor/representative is anti-environment – what should I do?
It’s still worthwhile to let them know where their constituents stand. If they see a surprising number of constituents supporting this issue, it may lead to them reconsidering their position.
How do I get more involved or connect with other people working on this campaign?
Sign up for Greenpeace Greenwire and join the Act4Arctic group. You’ll get more information and support, and be able to connect with other people doing the same thing.
I started a petition. What now?
First, share it! Then sign up for Greenpeace Greenwire and join the Act4Arctic group to get more resources and ideas for building a campaign for the Arctic in your community.