Addison Duling

Avaaz Brings Together Millions To Solve Global Problems

What can an ordinary citizen do about some of the biggest threats to the world?

Getting involved to solve problems like global warming, political corruption, environmental degradation, poverty, crime, the refugee crisis is as easy as signing onto the Internet, finding like-mined people and getting involved in solution-seeking movements.

That’s the beauty of an organization known as Avaaz. It’s the world’s largest online public advocacy group. Millions of people have already joined to take action, make changes and help solve some of the most pressing problems facing the planet earth today.

Avaaz was established in 2007. It is U.S.-based but now has members in 194 countries. It uses the power of the Internet to connect people who want to make a contribution. It makes it easy for them to network and get organized so that solid actions can be taken to create change.

The name Avaaz has its origin in the world “voice” based on several European languages, and also Persian and Middle Eastern derivatives of the word. The name tells a lot about the organization’s basic philosophy – giving a voice to average people no matter who they are where they live. It gives them the power to make the world a better place.

Founded in 2007, Avaaz came together through a coalition of high-profile groups, including Res Publica, MoveOn.org and the Service Employees International Union. In the 10 years of its operation Avaaz has tallied many victories, including helping establish marine wildlife conservation areas, helping refugees escape war-torn regions and easing such intractable problems as crime, hunger and poverty.

Avaaz works on a grassroots model. It accepts no major corporate cash and limits individual monetary donations to $5,000. This prevents undue influence from large corporations or the self-interests of millionaires and billionaires.

After a decade of achievement, the work of Avaaz surges forward.

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