Can petitions make a difference? In short, yes, they absolutely can! Signing petitions can especially help during coronavirus. Read more for 5 reasons why.
Remember, small actions can make a real difference when we all work together. According to Change.org, of the 25,000 petitions that are launched on their website every month, every hour one of these campaigns wins. One of these wins was Matthew Smith, who having lost his brother to suicide, began a petition which resulted in the British Government introducing a new minister for suicide prevention for the first time ever. Read Matthew’s full story here.
It is so easy to sign a petition and almost immediately forget about it. Next time you sign a petition, challenge yourself to follow up. Sign-up to the petition updates so you can find out about its progress and what the outcome is. It will make you feel more connected to the cause, and maybe will even inspire you to take further action.
Here are our top five reasons why you should sign that petition and take action to help and support others during coronavirus:
1. Every voice can make a difference!
In the UK, the government will respond to all petitions with more than 10,000 signatures. This means that any individual could hold the deciding vote on whether it will be responded to.
2. Even if a petition has reached its target, the more the better, so keep signing!
Generally, the more signatures a petition has the larger the gravitas it will hold, and the more that it shows the decision-makers the level of public support the campaign has.
3. Share, share, share!
If it’s a topic you feel passionately about, share it on social media, or send to friends asking them to sign. You could be the person to inspire them to take action and reach a whole new group of people.
4. Even if the petition doesn’t succeed, that doesn’t mean it has failed.
Change doesn’t always happen immediately, and the petition you sign today may lay the path for long-term change in the future.
5. You’ve got nothing to lose!
It’s quick, easy and free and you never know the petition you sign might provoke real change!
If you know of a petition you’d like us to to promote then get in contact and tell us about it.
For all the other ways you can help and support during coronavirus, see our latest blog.