In the modern world, we are inundated with social issues every day. It can become overwhelming to figure out how to start a movement about any one of these issues. Avaaz has created a website that highlights various social issues around the world and connects people who are passionate about the issue. Avaaz was started in 2007. The name “Avaaz” was chosen because it is a Persian term for “voice”, and Avaaz is trying to give people a voice. Avaaz has the mission to organize citizens worldwide to try and achieve the world most of us want to live in.
Avaaz looks for issues all around the world which affect people. Issues they tackle include conflicts, climate change, government corruption and poverty issues. They believe that by bringing together thousands of people, they can affect a larger change in the world. They utilize volunteers around the world to fund media campaigns, get petitions signed, email, call, lobby governments, and organize events and protests.
There are many well-known movements which Avaaz has directly affected. For instance, they garnered support to keep net neutrality in the United States and Europe in 2012 when laws were going to be passed that would eliminate net neutrality. Avaaz mobilized people to push for the Paris Climate Accord. They also have led a movement to create marine reserves in an effort to preserve marine life. They helped people to convince the European Union to ban neonicotinoids, pesticides that are linked to the massive death of bees.
Since Avaaz is active in 193 nations and works in 17 languages, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what Avaaz has helped to achieve around the world. They have made an impact in Japan, the United States, Brazil, Greece, Somalia, Palestine and more. They will continue pursuing justice and a better environment around the world, making a better future for us all.