Creating and promoting petitions is a great way for getting important messages and issues across, but it is not the only thing you can do. The following list is just the beginning of possibilities open to you.
Volunteer. Find an organization whose mission fits what is important to you. By doing a little research, you can get directly involved with others who share your passions. Or, if you can't find a group that fits your cause, start your own!
Go to community meetings. There are often important local issues being discussed in public hearings and community meetings. Even if there is an important issue that is not yet being discussed, community meetings can be the best place to bring it to the attention of your neighbors, friends, and local government.
Meet with elected officials. If you want to bring your issue straight to the source, arrange a meeting with an elected official to discuss it and discover his or her position.
Write letters to the editor. This is a good way to get involved in your local community and have your issue heard in the media.
Organize public events. Get other people in your community involved and aware of important issues. If there is already an organized demonstration, be a part of it.
Distribute flyers. It may seem old-fashioned, but this is another great way to get your message out into your community. Make sure to get the appropriate permission before hanging posters or distributing flyers.
Table at events. If there is a local event, see if you can set up a table with information about your cause. You can answer people's questions and have them sign a petition.