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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. Public Lab identifies four main pillars of advocacy: 1) Communicating with Government; (2) Communicating with elected officials; (3) aAwareness raising, organizing, mobilizing, nonviolent direct action (4) Litigation

Within these four types, here are some particular processes that projects may seek to generate or contribute to:

  • Telling your story
  • Relationship building (see section on audiences, below)
  • Awareness raising / education
  • Community organizing / mobilizing
  • Getting media coverage
  • Pressuring electeds to act on an issue
  • Making an issue a focus of an electoral campaign season
  • Providing public input to established regulatory processes such as permitting for land uses that are continuing, changing, or new.
  • Providing cover to regulators so they can stand up to political/economic influence over an agency's action (Example: showing proof of valid grounds to sue the government agency for not acting)
  • Triggering agency investigation, administrative action, and/or enforcement action
  • Designing regulation in situations where there is none
  • Mediation
  • Litigation against industry
  • Litigation against government agencies
  • Nonviolent direct action

Types of audiences projects may seek to reach:

  • Others who are affected
  • Neighbors who are also constituents
  • Landowners making private land use decisions
  • Elected representatives
  • Agency civil servants
  • Industry employees, management, ownership, or board of directors
  • Journalists
  • Environmental lawyers