Working in a particularly politically charged office, it’s hard not to get sucked into the debates and issues raised by my colleges, many of whom played a significant role in the recent election.
However, for those of us who aren’t really sure which party we want to back and don’t want to make time and money commitments, there are many easy ways to get involved and get your opinions across and your voice heard without ever having to leave your seat!
I’m a fan of online petitions, and I’ve probably signed hundreds over my time online. Many people will probably tell you that a petition doesn’t do anything and your name doesn’t count. But a lot can be achieved by grouping together to pressure MPs into stopping or pushing bills in parliament, especially if your lucky enough to have an MP that genuinely seems to care about those in his constituency and respond to their concerns. My Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, even sent me a letter to congratulate me on my internship at Wolfstar Consultancy and always tries to respond to emails from those in the area.
So here’s a short list of the petition sites I like to check on and sign when I get chance and the cause is something I believe in:
38 Degrees (http://38degrees.org.uk/)
Easy to use website with a great design and some fantastic causes to get yourself involved in. Today I signed petitions to get George Osborne to pay his taxes, stop to government selling national forests to private companies, clean up farming in south America and more!
This is a very American centric site, but still has some great causes that you can get involved in and it was brought to my attention after reading this particularly shocking case.
Number 10 E-Petitions (http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/)
With recent petitions getting almost two million signatures, this really is the place to go to get things done and help make changes in the way our country is run.