Posted by Peacemonger at 09/05/14 21:54:03May I suggest that you see what organizations are doing advocacy in this area. It is truly terrible that your quality of life has been so badly damaged by these operations.
One group that I came across when I was doing some research is the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. This is their page on suggested action that people can take:
Please note that I haven't worked with them myself, so I'm not speaking from personal experience.
I read a comment somewhere online that said that most people who are living in rural areas chose that life because they love being outdoors, and they want to take their children outdoors for play, sports, gardening, hiking, whatever. So it is extremely hard on families when they are confined to their own homes, with the windows shut tight, all year around. (And, of course, if property values have dropped, they may not be able to sell up and move away.)
Good luck with finding some good coalitions to get involved with!
Posted by The Hammer at 01/26/14 19:53:07One of the most difficult things IMO experience is to hook up with other activists in your area.
If you can't find someone, set an example and start alone. I've done it.
One way of activism requiring a minimum of time with a maximum of results and is usually done by one person, are writing letters to newspapers, you know, most newspapers have little sections for readers to publish their comments.
One letter can reach a lot of people.
Also you can start with a simple yet up to date and informative blog.
Last but not least, if you can't find nobody don't let that be an excuse to not do something.
Posted by StephenS at 07/13/14 13:37:04I agree that it can be tough to meet other activists if you are in a non urban or "mainstream" community. But the best way - is to just get active yourself. Every state has at least one or two good activist groups, at least in the major cities. And of course - you can always get things started yourself. It's Okay to be that lone activist out there with a sign, petition, or info sheet. And you'll be surprised at the amount of folks that may be willing to help, support or get involved.
When I was in my twenties, My GF and I used to host "Veggie Burger Tastings". Sliding Scale Couple Bucks donation got you all you could taste of the various veggie burgers available in a fun picnic barbecue setting. A few times we even had local musicians show up and the tastings turned into impromptu mini festivals. We never made money, but we often covered costs, not to mention we met all kinds of folks whom we were later active with in various actions around "Food Not Bombs", "Earth First", and Anti Nuclear and Land Issues.
Also - here's a quick wiki list of Organisations that may help get you started or inspired;