Get started with campaigning
What is campaigning?
Campaigning is fighting to change something you care about. There are lots of things you can do in your community or workplace to make a difference. Even the smallest actions can make big changes when we work together
Three top tips
- Connect: If you are worried about air quality in your area, it’s likely other people are too. Talk to people you know at school, work, community groups, neighbours.
- Identify the issue: gather evidence, work out what the problem is, who can change it for you and the change that is needed - use this to focus your work.
- Build networks: reach out to other organisations in your area that are concerned about air quality. If you can’t find any local groups set up a Facebook page, twitter account or Instagram and start your own movement.
Where to begin
Knowing where to start with campaigning can seem daunting, but the key thing to do is to focus on what you’re trying to change. From there, you can work out the things you can do to get the changes you want. When you’re thinking about campaigning, it’s important you focus on who you’re trying to target and the best ways to reach them. Here are some useful ideas and tools for you:
- Write to your MP and ask them to back our five-point plan for clean air
- Start a local campaign group and hold a public meeting to raise awareness and increase support.
- Contact your local council to find out how bad the problem is in your area and what they’re doing about it.
- Contact your local paper, share any stories from your area and make sure people know how to join your cause.
- Write a letter to your NHS Trust to find out what they’re doing to tackle air pollution and encourage them to play their part.
- Join our campaign network – we’re constantly working with communities to demand change in their area.
- Spread the word on social media. Twitter and Facebook can be powerful tools to organise campaigns, to spread your messages and raise awareness. We have some handy graphics and content you can use to spread the word about the need for an Environment Bill.
“Together with other concerned parents, I’ve been helping promote school streets in Bournville to make it easier and safer for children to complete their journey to school. School streets ensure vehicles can’t drive up to our school gates and pollute our children’s lungs and make it easier for people to do the school run without a car.
We’ve seen many positives from our school street, with feeling safer when crossing the road and more people walking and cycling to school . I've also been been involved with local air quality projects and could not believe how high levels are in our area. I'm sure if more people knew about this invisible risk, they’d be demanding immediate change.”
Shivaji, parent, Bournville