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Green And Environmental Awareness Campaigns Online
One of the best things about the Internet is that it brings the entire world closer together. When your job is environmental causes and spreading awareness about green living, you know just how important the Web can be to disseminate information. This is why no green or environmental awareness campaign should be without a website.
Getting Information Out
People need all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Because the media and advertising offers only one side of the story - the sensationalist version and the version that sells - it's up to you to give the public the rest of the story. It's not easy to combat information campaigns backed by big money. But with a Web site, you have maximum exposure for minimal cost. An article written on a pamphlet will only be read by a few. That same article posted on your Web site will be read by thousands. Those who want the information will be able to find it.
They say that pictures communicate a thousand words and in the green world that is true a thousand times over. Sometimes people need to see the devastation and damage alongside the statistics in order to understand what's happening, who it's affecting, and where.
Bringing Information In
Staying on top of developments out in the world, depending on how wide the scope of your campaign, is a crucial component of providing information. You need to have the most up-to-date information in order to remain on the cutting edge of developments in the movement.
With a Web site, there are a variety of ways to allow people to contact you and report updates and news in their area. A blog is the most popular forum, with different sections dedicated to different aspects of the cause or perhaps different states, cities, counties, or regions. Allowing visitors to your site to post what is happening around them is a great way to allow communities to be an active part of their local campaign. In fact, the Web is home to the newest incarnation of journalism: on-the-street eye witnesses reporting the news at a grassroots level in real time. Perfect for the green campaign!
Organizing the Masses
Another way that your Web site can contribute to the growth of your campaign is to assist you in organizing your greatest resource: people. Volunteers can sign up to man booths at fairs and concerts in their area or to head letter writing campaigns or to get local businesses involved.
You can have a form online for them to fill out with their information so that you can organize regional lists and find out their strengths, schedules, and specific interest in the campaign so that you can better utilize their skills.
Presenting Your Case
Finally, once you've organized the information in such a way as to educate those who are already interested in the subject can get informed, your focus should then turn to those you have to convince - the legislators.
With links to incredibly detailed maps on Google Earth, researched and recent statistics, personal testimonies of voters, petitions, graphics, and more, your Web site will not only increase the visibility of your campaign but inform the people who can help change the laws.
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