Getting Citizens to Sign a Petition on Climate Change Mitigation

As an anti-climate change campaigner, you may get to a point where you decide to present a petition to the local government authorities. This is likely to be the case if it becomes clear that the local government authorities are not taking climate change mitigation seriously. Now if your petition is to be taken seriously by the local government authorities, you need to ensure that it is signed by a huge number of citizens. If you are in a democratic state, and you present a petition that is signed by many citizens, the authorities will have no choice but to consider the issues raised in the petition – or otherwise risk facing the voters’ wrath in the next elections.

The petition has to be one that makes a great deal of sense, if at all the citizens are to append their signatures on it. Ideally, the petition should be drafted in simple language. The issues in it need to be presented in a manner that enables the citizens to see what is in it for themselves. The language used in the petition has to be respectful, yet also quite assertive. This way, when it reaches the local government authorities, they will be inclined to act on it.

You will need to educate the citizens on the importance of the climate change issues raised in your petition, if at all you are to get them to append their signatures to it. You can opt to use the local media, to educate the citizens on the importance of the climate change-related issues raised in the petition. Alternatively, you can opt to call the citizens individually (say, on phone) and try to educate each one of them individually on the importance of the issues raised in the petition. Such a phone-based campaign need not be very expensive. Going by the calling rates indicated on the metro pcs pay bill online chart, you should be able to push this sort of campaign through with just a few hundred bucks. That is, if you are using Metro PCS services – though the applicable rates for other phone networks tend to be largely similar. Of course, the exact expenditure to be incurred depends on the number of people you will be calling. If you (assisted by your volunteers) opt to call tens of thousands of citizens (or more), you should be ready to make a metro pcs payment that is commensurate with the number of calls made. But whatever the expenditure, it is likely to be a small price to pay – especially if that is what it takes to get the government to support climate change mitigation.

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