Campaigning in polarised Poland: The fight for Bialowieza forest

Campaigning, Insights

Campaigners fighting to save Poland’s Bialowieza forest have faced rising nationalism and populist sentiment and a government that is ignoring normal channels for democratic dialogue and decision making. Campaigners elsewhere can learn from their creative but cautious example of strategic coalition building and carefully thought through messaging. Being strategic about who you work with and when. When to be political (without politicising the issue). Balancing the need to be patriotic with a need for international pressure. Poland’s Bialowieza forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last remaining parts of an ancient forest that once stretched across...

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