**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](/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 This page is a place to collect and organize resources on advocacy. Visit the [advocacy tag page]( to see the latest community posts about advocacy on Public Lab, and get updates on this topic by following: <a class="btn btn-primary btn-lg" href="">Follow Advocacy</a> Also visit related pages on **[organizing](**, **community science**, and **[law and policy](**. Sources: [1] @kgradow1’s [presentation about the bucket air monitor]( _Lead image: [Peter Blanchard](, [CC BY]( <div class="alert alert-info" role="ToC"> <b>On this page you can:</b> <p> Learn about different <b><a href="">advocacy methods</a></b> and do or add an <b><a href="">activity</a></b> </p> Join the conversation <ul> <li>Ask a <b><a href="">question</a></b>, answer a question, or follow future questions on advocacy</li> <li>Post an <b><a href="">issue brief</a></b> that describes your advocacy work</li> </ul> <p> Read <b><a href="">stories</a></b> on community science advocacy </p> <p> Find <b><a href="">further reading and resources</a></b> on advocacy </p> </div> <hr style="height:3px;border-width:0;color:gray;background-color:gray"> ## 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 * [Getting media coverage]( * Nonviolent direct action ### 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]( Additional methods published on Public Lab and tagged with `advocacy` will appear on the advocacy methods page: <hr> ### More on the types of audiences projects may seek to reach <img style="width: 80%; height: 80%" src="" alt="2017 barnraising"> _<small>Image: from [this post]( by @a1ahna</small>_ * 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 <hr> ## Activities Activities on Public Lab that have been tagged with `activity:advocacy` will appear here [notes:grid:activity:advocacy] <br> ## Research notes You can find all research notes on Public Lab that have been tagged with `advocacy` here: <hr style="height:3px;border-width:0;color:gray;background-color:gray"> ## Join the conversation ### Questions from the community + See if other community members are asking questions like yours + Ask a question so other community members can offer support + Sign up below to be notified when someone asks an advocacy-related question Questions tagged with `question:advocacy` will appear here [questions:advocacy] <hr> ### Post an Issue Brief Share information about a local environmental health concern and get support from the Public Lab community by writing and posting an Issue Brief. Visit “[Write an Issue Brief](” to find information on what an issue brief is, see examples, and learn how to write one. <hr style="height:3px;border-width:0;color:gray;background-color:gray"> ## Stories in community science advocacy <img style="width: 80%; height: 80%" src="" alt="Kampala"> _<small>Image: by @mlamadrid, from [this story]( about using balloon mapping to temporarily stall eviction proceedings in Kampala, Uganda</small>_ + [Environmental & Public Health Advocacy Success Stories]( + [Stories from the Public Lab community]( + [Air monitoring bucket successes]( in South Durban and Sasolburg, South Africa, and in Tonawanda, New York <hr style="height:3px;border-width:0;color:gray;background-color:gray"> ## Further reading and resources + [Beautiful Trouble]( <br> ### Wikis on advocacy [wikis:advocacy] ...

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Advocacy with Maps /wiki/advocacy-with-maps 3 months ago by bhamster 5 51 0
Law and Policy /wiki/law-and-policy 7 days ago by liz 6 80 1
Study design /wiki/study-design over 2 years ago by warren 3 230 0
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Frac Sand Advocacy Leverage Points /wiki/frac-sand-advocacy-leverage-points about 3 years ago by stevie 35 436 0
Choosing advocacy pathways /wiki/choosing-advocacy-pathways over 4 years ago by stevie 9 295 1
Enviro Guide Resources /wiki/enviro-guide-resources almost 5 years ago by eustatic 9 256 0
Creating a Media Campaign /wiki/creating-a-media-campaign over 4 years ago by xose 23 734 3
Blog Drafting /wiki/blog-drafting almost 4 years ago by gilbert 15 191 0
wetlands-advocacy /wiki/wetlands-advocacy about 6 years ago by gretchengehrke 13 231 1