In a petition, you write a clear request to someone who has the power to make change (politician, CEO of a company, school principal, etc…) about what specifically you want to change, signed by as many folks as possible. This adds pressure and shows that there are more people than just you who care about the issue. Online petitions are totally free to create and can spread quickly to folks all over the world and are a way to let them learn about your issue and feel your passion for it. You can start your own petition on sites like www.change.org and then use social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc…) to promote, share, gather signatures and raise awareness about your campaign. Petitions are a rapidly growing way to connect to others.
The National Assembly for Wales has a Petitions Committee – as long as you collect 10 signatures, politicians in the Assembly will discuss your issue. It can be a great way to raise awareness of your campaign. Find out more about how to submit a petition to the Assembly here.