what can you do to make a difference?

United States
July 27, 2008 3:24am CST
do petitions and picketting or avoiding some companies really make a difference? i only sign petitions through legit sites or else i think its pointless but although i realize we have to start some where and one person can make a difference but to me one person only makes a difference if they can get people to stand with them in it.. what ways can we really make a difference? (difference being political matters, environmental issues, unethical practices, etc)
4 responses
• United States
27 Jul 08
I think every little bit helps. It might not change a politicians mind but at least peoples opinions are being put out there.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
its irritating to wonder after signing a million of them
• United States
27 Jul 08
I know it can be but its better than sitting back and doing nothing.
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• United States
9 Aug 08
did i say that exact same thing to you when i got you hooked up with them lol
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I believe they can make a difference. When companies are faced with large amounts of people who disagree with some aspect of their practices, they must take a good look at what they are doing if they don't want to lose a lot of customers! Picketing draws negative attention to the company and could result in them losing large sums of money. They don't want that! A long time ago I wrote a letter to Proctor and Gamble because of one product they produced that contained chlorofluorocarbon. I told them I would no longer purchase that product because of it. They sent me back a letter, signed personally, not a form letter, telling me that they have been receiving many letters of a similar nature and that they were looking into the matter. Not long after that, they began making that product without chloroflurocarbon! So, one letter CAN make a difference! Those "one" letters add up!
• United States
27 Jul 08
seems like sometimes its a waste of time and i get discouraged.. i should make a diary or something of all the things i did do to help things changed and then maybe i will stay motivated more
• United States
9 Aug 08
yeah i know what you mean on health insurance.. we have it but the copays are insanely high compared to past ones we have had.. hard enough to afford to see the doc then to pay for the meds.. some times its one or the other..
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I think the best thing you can do is be informed and spread what you have learned. Keep up on product news and what corporate America is doing. If you have blog, put information there, talk to you friends and family.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
well i am a news junky and always having to fill in my best friend and hubby on whats going on in the world haha
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
27 Jul 08
I do from Care2, MoveOn, etc. You are right, someone has to start them.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
i do those plus some other ones i trust.. i know they have made differences but there are so many more things out there that need to be addressed and actually changed instead of keep addressing and fighting for nothing