It’s an organization that’s had a powerful influence on some of the biggest achievements of the past decade. From the monumental Paris Climate Accord, to retaining free and open access to the Internet, to helping create some of the biggest ocean and marine wildlife reserves, Avaaz has played an integral role in advocating for a safer and greener planet for generations to come.
Avaaz was founded in the United States in 2007 with a goal to engage in global activism and pursue issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights – and to fight political corruption, reduce crime and alleviate international conflicts.
The name Avaaz is taken from a Persian word meaning “voice” or “song.” It was co-founded by Res Publica, a group of public sector professionals driven to promote good governance, civic virtue and what they call “deliberative democracy.” Another partner is MoveOn.org, a progressive public policy advocacy organization in the United States.
A final key player that needs mentioning is the Service Employees International Union, which is also a founding partner and major source of financial and professional support.
Avaaz is highly focused on getting individual people involved. It’s goal is to empower millions of “average, ordinary” people and inspire them to take action on critical global, regional and national issues. That might be climate change, local political corruption or conservation measures to protect the earth from the scourges of pollution, deforestation, harmful agricultural chemicals and poverty – to name just a few.
Avaaz leverages the power of the Internet to reach people across the globe and encourages and empowers them to organize. The Avaaz philosophy is that, by starting with just a few people on the ground, powerful movements can be generated which will ignite into larger, influential movements that make positive changes happen.
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