Politics and the internet: meet the people behind four campaigns who are winning online

The internet is putting more political power in your hands. Last week Emma took on the BBC and won. When 11,000 popular recipes were threatened with deletion, she started a petition which went viral, hit the headlines and forced a rethink.

Victory: Emma Barrington took on the BBC over controversial plan to axe its recipes website - and won

Victory: Emma Barrington took on the BBC over controversial plan to axe its recipes website - and won

And she's not the only Change.org user who's been having a major impact.

In London, Tia, Melley, Jonathan and Jordan are fighting to protect youth services.

Many of the mayoral candidates met with them during the campaign, and now newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised to explore what he can do for London's youth services. They’ll be meeting the Mayor again in his first 100 days in office to discuss the next steps for their campaign.

Two-way conversation: London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has listened to Tia, Melley, Jonathan and Jordan's campaign to protect youth services

Two-way conversation: London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has listened to Tia, Melley, Jonathan and Jordan's campaign to protect youth services

In Westminster, MPs recently debated Laura’s powerful petition about bowel cancer care which was presented formally to Parliament sparking more interest in her campaign.

And Kevin Smith, who started a campaign about B&Q and the Living Wage, saw his petition become the centre of a media frenzy and then be debated by MPs. 140,000 people backed his campaign and now B&Q has listened and is offering its staff more compensation.

Living Wage: Kevin put his job on the line to make sure his colleagues did not suffer pay cuts and it paid off

Living Wage: Kevin put his job on the line to make sure his colleagues did not suffer pay cuts and it paid off

These campaigns show that politicians, businesses and journalists are listening to petitions on Change.org. So if there’s something you want to change, start a petition today.