What is GPX?
GPX or Greenpeace Extra is a project which allows you to start, run and deliver your own campaign on just about anything, with the technology you need at your fingertips. It can be big or small, heroic or ordinary. This is about power to the people. If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground or the planet a better place, we offer this platform to assist you.
How is GPX funded?
GPX is a project of Greenpeace India. It receives no corporate or government funding and is not affiliated with any political party. The organisation is funded by individuals like you. Greenpeace is a non-profit organisation, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Greenpeace India has been working on various issues related to the environment, peace and disarmament since 2001. Our work in India is focused on four broad campaigns namely, stopping climate change, making agriculture more sustainable, preserving the oceans and preventing another nuclear catastrophe. We have built GPX because we know that there are many people with ideas who want to campaign for change, and this platform can help.
Who can run a campaign?
Anyone who wants to bring about change can start a campaign. All you need to do is click 'start a campaign' on the top right hand side of the page.
What can I run a campaign on?
What have you noticed, that needs fixing? Where do you see an opportunity for positive change? Your campaign need not be limited to particular issues or locations. Your audience can be global or local.
When starting a campaign the most important step is to get the ball rolling - don't worry about getting everything 100% right. Even experienced, professional campaigners make mistakes and often change track as things develop. You don't need to be an expert to launch a campaign, you just need to be willing to learn new things along the way.
What can't I campaign on? If it's on this website does that mean Greenpeace India endorses or agrees with my campaign?
While Greenpeace India has created this platform for you to use, campaigns here are not run or endorsed by Greenpeace India. In fact, as the community of users grows we expect we'll probably see campaigns we don't agree with, campaigns that might seem a bit random. That's fine with us, as long as it's not defamatory, discriminatory, illegal. You get the idea. It comes down to this: does your campaign promote or incite violence? Does it promote bullying, or advocate discrimination based on someone's gender, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation? Is it defamatory? No? Excellent. We're all good. We reserve the right to use our judgment and take something down if it crosses a line of common decency, so take responsibility for your campaign.
How does GPX decide which campaigns go on the homepage?
A number of factors contribute to what campaigns are highlighted on the homepage. If your campaign falls under our area of work, namely environment, peace and disarmament, then it stands a strong chance of getting featured on the homepage. However, this does not guarantee every campaign a place on the homepage. Some of the other factors include: If the campaign is on the edge of winning, particularly timely, and/or has shown rapid growth, then it gets featured on GPX homepage.
Can I contact people who sign my petition?
Yes, you can send emails to your supporters through the manage page. You will receive a link to your manage page when you first set up your campaign.
Who controls the data on the site?
Besides starting a petition, what else can I do in my campaign?
On GPX you can start a petition, share it with your network and communicate further with your supporters via email. GPX also helps you take your campaign to the street. For instance, you can download a blank copy of your petition, collect signatures in person and then enter your data easily into the system. You can also download a finished copy of your petition to print and deliver to your target. You can access all of these features from the manage page This is a tool that allows anyone, anywhere to take a campaign from start to finish.
Can I cancel my petition?
Yes. When you first created your petition, you received an email from [email id] with the link to manage your petition. Go to 'manage' and click on the 'hide' button. Your petition will now no longer be visible to the public.
How can I make my campaign better?
There are loads of different tactics that can help make a campaign more effective and get the word out from keeping people engaged on social media to hosting your very own press conference to spread the word in your local community! Greenpeace India has a dedicated member of staff to help you improve your campaign.
How will signing petitions make a difference?
Petitions provide a useful snapshot of the level of public support for an issue and put forward a list of people who share a common commitment or concern. They don't always need a big number to make a big impact - think about a local issue where a petition of 20 neighbours on one street would require someone to sit up and take notice.
Petitions can be the catalyst for conversations that change how people think, conversations with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, school, fellow consumers, local club; political representative or business leader. It's most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in a personal, high-profile or creative way, explaining why supporters feel the way they do. But it probably won't do much if you just start a petition and walk away. As our site develops further we'll also be adding other features to help you create change and win your campaign.
I'm loving this and I want to learn more. Where do I go from here?
You have understood the principles of campaigning 101 and are ready for more advanced teachings. Excellent.
Here's the thing. Sometimes your campaign is won pretty quickly, and that's an amazing feeling. Other times, a campaign needs a movement of supporters behind it to really succeed. When the barriers to change are high this tends to be the case. And that's when you need to build a movement.
Movements are diverse groups of people who probably have different skills, professions and interests but are united around a common purpose. These individuals can communicate why an issue is important to them and will often experiment together with different tactics over time to build power and instigate long lasting change.
You can't build a movement alone. A movement is born from a team of people with complementary strengths and diverse skill sets. Real movements grow through collaboration and skill sharing, and while some may step forward more naturally to be leaders, everyone has a part to play. To build a movement, you need to find other people who care about the issue but have different skills from you. If you're a great writer, find someone who's good at accounting. If you're not a people person find someone who is. Build and invest in those personal relationships to ensure your team is strong and diverse.
I no longer wish to receive updates on a campaign I signed up to. How do I unsubscribe?
It's sad to see you go, but you can unsubscribe by clicking the 'unsubscribe' link in the email.
I have an idea for how this website would work better. How do I tell you?
If you have any feedback please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.