One of the most significant actions to protect the world’s environment was taken in December of 2015 when 196 nations signed the Paris Agreement, the landmark measure to battle global warming around the world.
The unprecedented international agreement might never have happened without the grassroots efforts of Avaaz, a group which leveraged the power of the Internet to get millions of people out in the streets to march and raise their voices to demand action on climate change.
The Paris Agreement is just one highly significant achievements of Avaaz. It has been called the world’s largest and most powerful Internet-based network. Avaaz is a civic organization based in the United States that has gained millions of participants. It now has active campaign team groups organized in more than 30 countries.
In addition to fighting for environmental issues such as climate change, Avaaz is determined to tackle some of the most pressing problems confronting the human race today, including poverty, crime, political corruption, refugee rescue, aid and assistance, animal welfare, famine and much more.
Avaaz was founded in 2007 by a coalition of public advocacy groups including Pro Publica, Moveon.org and the Service Employees International Union. It raises money by accepting only small donations from millions of individuals. Avaaz limits donations to a maximum of $5,000 and takes no corporate cash or huge sums from billionaires. That means Avaaz is truly a grassroots movement of the people – and when millions of people get together to work on a common goal, amazing things get done.
The name Avaaz essentially means “voice,” derived from commonalities in a variety of languages. It’s a perfect way to describe the core principle of the group – giving voice to millions of global citizens who want to participate in making our planet a better place to live.
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