Introducing Spark: Our New People-Powered Campaign Platform

What’s the one thing you’d change about your neighbourhood, if you could?

by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

19 July 2018

Spark is a new platform where anyone can start their own campaign, share it with friends and family, grow support and take the issues straight to decision makers. Find out more here.

What’s the one thing you’d change about your neighbourhood, if you could?

Maybe you’d love to see a community garden, where kids could pick fresh strawberries. Maybe you want to protect a beloved park from a property developer. Maybe you want more trees and less trash on your street.

Now, what would you change about your whole town? Or Australia? Or the world?

We reckon that everyone, together, has the power to create the world anew. That’s the idea at the core of what Greenpeace does.  We believe in people power: if enough people come together to fight for justice, for our environment and for our communities, we can win the change we want to see.

That’s why we’ve started Spark. Spark is a new platform where anyone can start their own campaign, share it with friends and family, grow support and take the issues straight to decision makers. Take a look around it here.

With Spark, you can start a petition, set up events, send email updates out to petition signers and more. You’ll also be able to access expert campaign guidance and help from our experienced Spark crew.

We are often told that we are too small to make a change, that the issues are too big, powerful interests too strong, but time and time again history has shown that people rallying around what they care about is the way to win change.

Spark is the platform where you can start that campaign on the thing close to your heart and make real change. But Spark is also brand new and it needs some friends. It’s still finding its way in the world and we’re looking for some keen Greenpeace crew who are up for starting a campaign and giving feedback on their experience. And while all the campaigns on Spark must fit Greenpeace values or peace, tolerance, non-violence and environmental justice, ultimately what you want to start a campaign is completely up to you.

Whatever it might be you can start a campaign on Spark here:

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Even though it’s relatively new, Spark has already empowered Greenpeace crew to take action and make change. Earlier this year the community of Port Augusta in South Australia started a campaign on Spark to save the town from dangerous dust storms caused by a decommissioned coal-fired power station. Over 11,000 people joined the campaign and were able to force a commitment from the incoming South Australian Government to commit to fix the problem.

Starting your own Spark campaign means you join a community of thousands of motivated Greenpeace crew making things happen. You’ll join Grace from Apollo Bay in Southern Victoria, who is calling on her local MP to oppose dangerous oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. You’ll join with Rojina and Zoe who are calling on their high schools to end single-use plastic waste. You’ll be joining the Perth local group who are campaigning with Spark to ban single use plastic straws, and you’ll be joining Krysta from Sydney whose campaign to end food waste in Australia saw her meeting with senior executives of Coles!

So what’s your idea for change?

Maybe you’ve already spoken to some people about it at the pub, or over a coffee with friends. Maybe it came up at the last family lunch? And maybe that’s where it ends – or maybe you’re ready to take the next step and put words into action.

As a special trial user, the Spark team are here with an easy to use website, personalised advice from a small volunteer team and bundles of campaign experience. At the end of the day, Spark is your platform for people-powered change.

So, are you read to Spark a change?

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Greenpeace Australia Pacific

By Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.