With endless chaos and a tumultuous political climate, one organization is working to help combat global issues and bring resolution to people and animals across the world. Avaaz is a U.S. based civic organization that promotes global activism on a variety of important issues. This includes animal rights, human rights, climate change, poverty, conflict and corruption.
Avaaz was founded in 2007 by Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, David Madden, Jeremy Heimans and Andrea Woodhouse. In creating Avaaz, this team of progressive individuals wanted to create a community of idealists who wish to work towards a better future for all creatures. The name “Avaaz” is a transliteration for the Persian term for “song” or “voice”. The name is appropriate for an organization that is encouraging people around the world to stand up and use their voices to fight for peace and safety. Avaaz currently has over 44 million members in 194 countries and is continuing to grow in its following.
While the Avaaz community focuses on a wide variety of global issues, one of its main concerns is the increasing threat of climate change. Avaaz has mobilized some of the largest groups of activists to hit the street and speak out in favor of clean energy. They have also raised immense amounts of funding for efforts to combat climate change. In addition to marches and fundraising, Avaaz has managed to bring over 30 different cabinet ministers and world leaders into their fight for climate action.
Aside from climate change, Avaaz has a strong presence in the fights against human rights violations and animal cruelty. The Avaaz community has donated one million dollars to refugee protection programs and recently launched one of the largest petitions to save bees from killer pesticides.
For more information on Avaaz, please visit avaaz.org.
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