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EPILab Report – How to Engage with Environmental Policy: A Guide for Citizens

The Environmental Policy Innovation Lab (EPILab) is an initiative of the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is a space for innovation and collaboration around environmental policy thinking and research, which draws on the expertise of faculty, graduate students, and other researchers in order to engage EPI’s external partners

How to Engage with Environmental Policy: A Guide for Citizens
There are many ways that individual people can contribute to environmental action: waste reduction, home gardening, participating in protests, and conscious consumerism, to name a few. One channel that often gets little attention in this regard is direct engagement with environmental policy. Besides voting, what policy engagement opportunities are available to citizens? How can they take advantage of these opportunities, and which are most meaningful? This report introduces the reader to the topic of citizen engagement, surveys a broad range of possible environmental policy engagement opportunities, provides in-depth information on the most direct opportunities (i.e. petition processes, city council meetings, parliamentary committees, open consultations, environmental assessments), and concludes with other considerations and broader questions.

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