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Advocacy means taking action to effect change in an issue that personally matters to you. Advocacy makes up a large portion of activity undertaken in community science projects. These projects often produce much-needed data about an environmental issue, and that data needs someone to speak for it [1] to different audiences:

  • Your neighbors
  • Elected representatives
  • The press
  • Regulatory agencies
  • In court

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Sources: [1] @kgradow1’s presentation about the bucket air monitor.

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Advocacy methods

Within the five main types of advocacy efforts (communicating with your neighbors, the press, elected representatives, regulators at government agencies, and through litigation in court), here are some particular processes that projects may seek to generate or contribute to:

Connecting with peers

  • Telling your story
  • Relationship building (see section on audiences, below)
  • Awareness raising & education
  • Community organizing
  • Mobilizing with those working on adjacent, interconnected issues

Increasing your reach

Bumping it up a level

  • Power mapping to know where to focus your efforts
  • Pressuring elected officials to act on an issue
  • Making an issue a focus of an upcoming electoral campaign season

Engaging with environmental governance processes and political realities

  • Providing public input to established regulatory processes such as permitting for land uses that are continuing, changing, or new.
  • Documenting exceedances or violations to trigger agency investigation, administrative action, and/or enforcement action
  • Identifying gaps in regulatory coverage and designing new regulations
  • Providing political cover to regulators so they can stand up to corrupt political/economic influence (Example: showing proof of valid grounds to sue the government agency for not acting)
  • Litigation against government agencies for not meeting legal standards for environmental protection

Interacting with more powerful corporate neighbors

  • Mediation with industry
  • Litigation against industry

Types of audiences projects may seek to reach:

  • Others who are affected
  • Neighbors who are also constituents
  • Community leaders in churches, schools, civic associations, care businesses
  • Landowners making private land use decisions
  • Elected representatives
  • Agency civil servants
  • Industry employees, management, ownership, or board of directors
  • Journalists
  • Environmental lawyers

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Research notes

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Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Research area review on mapping for organizing and advocacy @bhamster 3 days ago 1
Event: Organize and advocate with maps! Wrapping up Public Lab’s latest research area review @bhamster 6 days ago 1
How do you make results from environmental monitoring personally meaningful to people? @bhamster 11 days ago 0
How do you turn results about environmental pollution into personal actions that people can take? @bhamster 11 days ago 2
Has anyone organized "walking tours" or "community walks" as part of their grassroots organizing practice? @amocorro 18 days ago 2
hello ! my name is julia masters, and i'm the new organizing and advocacy fellow. @julia_e_masters 18 days ago 4
What methods have you used to raise initial public awareness of a local issue? @bhamster 27 days ago 6
What are the most effective methods to monitor air quality if you live near a landfill? @amocorro about 1 month ago 2
What are statute of limitations? @amocorro about 1 month ago 1
What are toxic torts? @amocorro about 1 month ago 1
[Talk Recording] Mobilizing People to Act on Air Pollution with the Bucket Air Monitor - a Community Science Tool @amocorro about 1 month ago 1
Seeking an Organizing & Advocacy Research Curation Fellow @bhamster about 1 month ago 0
Event: Welcome to a research area review on mapping for organizing & advocacy @bhamster about 2 months ago 16
April 23 Unhealthy Homes Lead Panel @kgradow1 2 months ago 1
Addressing the Health Impacts of Petrochemical Production @A_SCH 3 months ago 2
Empowering People to Act on Air Pollution @A_SCH 3 months ago 7
Bucket Successes @A_SCH 3 months ago 2
How to Take an Air Quality Sample with a Bucket Monitor @A_SCH 3 months ago 4
Community Science and Monitoring Networks in Central California @amocorro 3 months ago 2
Learning for Justice in a Climate Changing World @amocorro 4 months ago 3
How to Use Your Bucket Data @A_SCH 4 months ago 1
Take Back Your Air! Using the Bucket Air Quality Monitor @kgradow1 5 months ago 0
A First Look at Technical Documents @kgradow1 5 months ago 0
Comparing air quality databases: a fun activity @bhamster 7 months ago 4
Testing for Contaminants in Garden Soil @ngocthuyluu 7 months ago 7
Public Lab virtual event on all things microplastics @bhamster 9 months ago 7
Typology for the nurdles of the "Bianca" spill @eustatic 10 months ago 4
How to Set Up a Bucket Brigade @kgradow1 about 1 year ago 0
How to Get Street Trees for your Community @WendyBrawer over 1 year ago 3
Are there examples where environmental concerns were addressed as a result of people filing complaints (or suspected permit violations)? @stevie over 1 year ago 7
Why do individuals/organizations want to collect water quality data? @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 3
Oil & Gas OpenHour Follow Up: Community Environmental Protection and Advocacy @charlotte_clarke over 1 year ago 0
Ethylene Oxide Testing - Covington and Smyrna, GA @gccummings25 over 1 year ago 2
How can DIY/community-collected environmental data be used? @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 4
Has odor ever been used against an industry in court? @stevie over 2 years ago 4
AIR-QUALITY & BALLOON LAUNCH: SUMMER 2019 QUEENSBRIDGE TECH LAB COMMUNITY SCIENCE PROJECT @SadiePrego over 2 years ago 5
SOIL TESTING & DATA VIZ: SUMMER 2019 QUEENSBRIDGE TECH LAB COMMUNITY SCIENCE PROJECT @SadiePrego over 2 years ago 0
Risks to public comment @liz almost 3 years ago 5
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie almost 3 years ago 1
Designing a soil sampling tool kit for community science /environmental justice applications @jjcreedon about 3 years ago 7
Environmental & Public Health Advocacy Success Stories @gilbert over 3 years ago 1
Looking for open data resources to track public permitting processes. @kgradow1 over 3 years ago 1
Water Quality Regulations, Testing Methods, Health Risks & Advocacy @gilbert over 3 years ago 7
Creating a guide for community science action planning: first steps @gretchengehrke almost 4 years ago 3
How to evaluate and choose an advocacy pathway @stevie about 4 years ago 1
Thinking about local level advocacy @stevie about 4 years ago 3
How do I know which key points to push when making a public comment against an industry? @stevie over 4 years ago 2
Reporting Forms for Louisiana (and other) pollution events @eustatic over 5 years ago 6
Homebrew Fellowship Application: DIY Oil Testing Narratives @klie over 5 years ago 0
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Wikis on advocacy

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Topics 7 days ago by liz 20 4,229 3
Law and Policy 7 months ago by bhamster 4 54 1
Study design about 2 years ago by warren 3 199 0
Frac Sand Advocacy Leverage Points over 2 years ago by stevie 35 417 0
Blog Drafting over 3 years ago by gilbert 15 183 0
Creating a Media Campaign about 4 years ago by xose 23 691 3
Choosing advocacy pathways about 4 years ago by stevie 9 266 1
Enviro Guide Resources over 4 years ago by eustatic 9 245 0
wetlands-advocacy almost 6 years ago by gretchengehrke 13 217 1


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Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How do you make results from environmental monitoring personally meaningful to people? @bhamster 11 days ago 0
How do you turn results about environmental pollution into personal actions that people can take? @bhamster 11 days ago 2
Are there examples where environmental concerns were addressed as a result of people filing complaints (or suspected permit violations)? @stevie over 1 year ago 7
Why do individuals/organizations want to collect water quality data? @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 3
Has odor ever been used against an industry in court? @stevie over 2 years ago 4
How is a Technical Advisory Committee formed (for a Citizen Science Project)? @jjcreedon over 3 years ago 4
Looking for open data resources to track public permitting processes. @kgradow1 over 3 years ago 1
What do you do if your environmental concern is linked to your neighbor's paycheck? @gretchengehrke almost 4 years ago 2
How do I know which key points to push when making a public comment against an industry? @stevie over 4 years ago 2

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