Getting involved in a campaign to protect your local community from coal and gas developments is a new experience for many people. The good news is that you are not flying blind – there’s information about the kinds of processes that help.

To make a difference it helps to get people together and form an Action Group – a community group that rolls up their sleeves and pitch in for creative grass-roots work. Local action groups are the heart of the Lock the Gate movement. They are the people working hard across the country to get better protections for the places they live in and love. Action Groups are where we learn, form new friendships, and experience the power of collaboration.

Action Groups are different from the community clubs that people may be used to. They need to be nimble and responsive, so that the work turns over quickly in the often fast-moving campaign.