Again, this is necessary at both local and national levels, and there are numerous ways to do this.
This is the act of persuading a person in power to act in a certain way. It is usually most effective when done calmly and politely, with evidence to support our case, and, if possible, in large numbers. We can do this as an individual, as a small action group or as part of a larger organisation.
There is useful advice on lobbying at www.parliament.uk/get-involved
Join an organisation campaigning on behalf of the environment.
Many of these have on-line opportunities to add our name to a petition. These are proving very effective, and are a great way to get involved and use our influence if we’re pressed for time. Just like myecopledge, they help our small voice join in a loud shout.
Many larger organisations such as Greenpeace offer us the opportunity to become lobbyists in support of their campaigns, with training and support through the process.
Whilst lobbying is one form of activism, some of us may want to engage more vigorously in the hope of a more immediate impact. Groups like XR and Greenpeace offer opportunities to become involved, but sometimes, as Greta Thunberg has so effectively demonstrated, activism takes only one person.
We may not be willing or able to participate in organised events, but these groups need funds as well as voices; there is always the possibility of supporting their work through one-off or regular donations.
Our own career decisions
I just thought I’d add this one. It speaks for itself, but it’s possibly tougher than all the others.