If you've been campaigning for a while it’s probably crossed your mind at least once that you’re not sure there’s any point signing another petition. You might be thinking ‘Do they really make any difference?’ or ‘Does the right person even see it?’ and ‘What happens after I sign it?!’.
All of these are important questions. But the fact is that petitions have led to real and concrete changes in the past, and that as part of a bigger campaign, they remain a really important tool to make change.
Petitions help to demonstrate how many people care about an issue. But that demonstration of concern has to be made visible – that’s where the power of petitions comes from. We often do this by organising a ‘hand-in’ of the petition to the relevant decision maker, whether that’s the PM outside the door of Number 10, or the CEO of a company at their AGM. But there are plenty of ways you can help raise the visibility of a petition before that final hand-in moment in order to increase its impact.
Petitions are also a useful tool for a campaigner to start a conversation with someone about an issue. Inviting them to sign the petition can be a first step towards taking other actions.