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Start a Petition

Showing decision-makers that many people care is an important part in making systemic change.

  • Internet access for research
  • Paper and pens for a hard-copy petition
  • A petition creation website for online petitions
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Clothing sitting beside a clothing recycling bin (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

To write a meaningful petition, begin by choosing a topic that you care a lot about. Start by exploring the Clothing4Climate resource library to find a topic that is interesting and important to you.

Next, you will have to decide whether your petition will be for or against something. For example, a petition might be against microfibre pollution in our oceans. A petition also could be for the creation of a new thrift shop in your community.

Whatever you choose, make sure you are passionate about the issue. 

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Canada flag with scales of justice (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

When you write your petition, you need to be clear. Make sure you figure out what exactly you want decision makers to do in response to your petition. Do you want them to create a new law? Change an existing law? Stop an event from happening?

You should do some research to choose an action that is doable and also has an impact. 

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Parliament Hill, Ottawa (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

When you create a petition, have a target in mind that you can send it to once it has enough signatures. This could be a specific person or a group of people.

Think about what person or interest group would be able to make a real change if your petition got through to them.  

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Hand holding phone displaying an online petition (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

How you create your petition will affect how many people will sign it. If you create a paper petition, it is easy to pass around at school and in your neighborhood. On the other hand, if you create a petition online with a google form or on a petition website, it is easier to share with people across the world. 

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Ways to get people to sign a petition can include posters, word of mouth and online (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

It is important to share your petition with others to get the most signatures as possible. If your petition is focused on an issue in your community, think about how you would reach out to those people for signatures.

If your issue is a global one, think about how you could share your petition on social media or on a website. 

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People standing near a signed petition form (©2021 Let’s Talk Science).

When you start your petition, set a goal of how many signatures you want to get before sending your petition out to your selected person or group.

Think about how many people you could realistically get to sign your petition and set this as your minimum amount. Anything more than that number is a bonus!

  • Post your petition on social media and get students across the world to support your cause.
  • Write a letter to your government representative explaining the importance of your petition.