5 Platforms to Make Your Voice Heard [LIST]

Raise awareness for the causes closest to your heart with these six platforms that use petitions to bring people together to enact change.

Jan 7, 2015
Pen and signature

Add your virtual signature to causes you care about. [Flickr user Sebastien Wiertz]

Petitions have long been a way to make the peoples’ voice heard. Before the advent of the Internet, folks would go door-to-door, collecting handwritten signatures to present to government officials or bodies as proof of public consensus. Today, it is much easier to spread news about important causes, and petitions can gain steam via social networks and go viral in a matter of hours.  
These five platforms afford individuals the power to stand up for causes closest to their hearts, uniting with others to spread awareness and make an impact.

1. CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE

WHO: CAUSES 
Causes allows users to create communities that take action or support specific nonprofits - by signing petitions, pledging to take action and facilitating donations.

A Causes campaign for organic food. [Screenshot]

2. POLITICAL ACTION FOR CHANGE

WHO: AVAAZ
Avaaz (meaning"voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages), is a global movement of changemakers that brings millions of people together by creating petitions, media campaigns, lobbying politicians and organizing protests.

Avaaz campaign for clean energy

Avaaz campaign for clean energy. [Screenshot]

3. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR CHANGE

WHO: GREENPEACE
One of the world’s premier environmental groups, Greenpeace advocates for the planet, sometimes taking drastic measures to make its voice heard. The organization has a vast selection of petitions such as: saving beesbuilding a green internet and supporting ocean sanctuaries.

Greenpeace campaign to protect the Arctic

Greenpeace campaign to protect the Arctic. [Screenshot]

4. LARGEST PETITION PLATFORM FOR CHANGE

WHO: CHANGE.ORG
With more than 70 million users in 196 countries, Change.org allows people to create petitions and sign them, using the power and accessibility of the web to make a real difference.

Change.Org to petition McDonalds to create a healthy meatless food option

Change.Org's petition for McDonalds to create a healthy meatless food option. [Screenshot]

5. TWEETING FOR CHANGE

WHO: ACT.LY
With the click of a button, anyone in the Twitterverse can create a petition by simply filling in the target’s Twitter handle and typing a call to action.  

Act.ly petitions

Act.ly petitions. [Screenshot]