As the leading civil activism group with a 44 million members worldwide located in 194 countries, Avaaz gets noticed. Its practice of bringing drama and media from the people to the political and governmental organizations has a broad agenda. Avaaz embraces conflict, human rights, animal rights, poverty and climate change with equal enthusiasm. Avaaz was founded in the USA in 2007 and has had numerous civil victories in its history. Even The Guardian commented that Avaaz is a significant and powerful citizen network.
Avaaz is recognized as a leader in the activism surrounding global climate change issues. The People’s Climate Marches were notably successful in collaborating with other organizations, media and government officials to let the governing bodies know how important action is now to so many people.
Several world leaders marched with Avaaz to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the use of fossil fuels. In Paris they were able to demonstrate that people can unite to reconcile disputes and meet challenges that are common to all life on Earth.
The name Avaaz is derived from several Middle Eastern languages and means “voice”. With a multi-national populace, the voice speaks many languages in print, online, in public demonstrations and in conference rooms. There are core teams on 6 continents addressing issues in 15 languages.
Supported by individual contributions instead of large corporations, Avaaz has raised over $20 million dollars for its programs. This grass roots support and member driven agenda is what makes Avaaz so different from other activist organizations.
The focus is consensus and the values of human rights and dignity for everyone and it includes the animals and plants which also live on this planet. The goal of unity and cooperation has often been sought before. Avaaz brings it to the 21st century.