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A petition is a request for action addressed to a governmental authority or public office holder that originates from one or more concerned members of the public.  It enables citizens to bring their concerns to the attention of their government officials and representatives and to participate in the management of public affairs.

The BuildAction platform facilitates your petitioning governmental authorities and public office holders to take action to adapt their policies and strategies to meet their duty of care toward their citizens.

Petitioning is a long-established fundamental right of the citizen and the only direct means by which an individual or group can ask governments to take action.  Petitions enable the general public to participate in governance by mobilizing mass democratic support for a particular policy or action.

Democracy is based on accountability and citizen participation.  Petitions provide citizens with an open, democratic, and transparent mechanism to direct issues of concern to their government policymakers.

Online petitioning (e-petitioning) is the most accessible way to mobilize large numbers of activists to support a particular cause and enables the public to participate in policymaking processes.  It is a central tool to express public sentiment and mobilize large collective actions.

BuildAction petitions are straightforward.  You can direct your petition to several government officials and public office holders (up to 15) and provide links to information that supports your cause.  You can follow the progress of your petition and mobilize further support accordingly.

Petition Action

Petitioning for Impact

A petition is a request for action addressed to a governmental authority or public office holder that originates from one or more concerned members of the public.  They allow citizens to participate politically by seeking to influence the government by mobilizing mass democratic support for a particular action.

Action Guidance

Planning for Success

Taking action to successfully pressure local, regional and national governments is a time-consuming and often costly process that must be well prepared.  The appropriate action depends on the merit of each case, its jurisdiction, and the strengths and weaknesses of the respective parties.

Action Resources

Resources for Action

Database of climate laws, policies and litigation, and initiatives should be referenced in deciding and preparing for the chosen course of action.  These resources are used for deciding the desired results, determining the best course of action, and identifying potential allies.