All advocacy is relational. Whether you are working next to someone or across the table from them, there is a relationship that will either help or hinder your cause. Your ability to learn information, access local leaders or the media, rally support, and influence decision-makers is based on relationships. Building and maintaining good relationships is key as well as understanding the relationships of the people you are trying to influence.
You can start by getting to know your neighbors, local business owners, and other active community members and the faith organizations, clubs, or volunteer organizations people in your community belong to. Learn who your elected officials are, from city council and mayor to Missouri’s U.S. Senators. And become familiar with your state and federal agencies, which direct and regulate a wide range of environmental protections.