“Closing the Gap Between the World We Have and the World Most People Want”

U.S. based civic organization Avaaz came into being in 2007. According to their website, Avaaz has 44 million members in 144 countries. To avoid any influences that might cause it to stray from its mission statement Avaaz does not accept funding from governments foundations or corporations. Campaigns are funded solely through member donations up to a maximum of five thousand dollars.

Avaaz has no set ideology and strives to “close the gap between the world we have and the world that most people want” by uniting activists from around the world. The ideas for campaigns come from members. Once an idea for a campaign is proposed, 10,000 members are polled. A majority of those polled have to feel that the proposed campaign has merit.

In order to achieve its objectives, Avaaz employs a variety of strategies including online petitions prompting some critics to argue that Avaaz will is replacing activism with “clicktivism”.

Avaaz was instrumental in the establishment of the Paris Climate Accord. When world leaders insisted that there was no public or political interest in climate change Avaaz organized and financed marches. Around the world, more than 1.5 million people, including world leaders and cabinet ministers, marched to show their concern over climate change.

During Syria’s Civil Uprising of 2011, Avaaz provided rebel forces with 1.5 million dollars worth of internet communications equipment and $2,000,000 in medical supplies. This prompted other organizations in the area to denounce Avaaz for taking sides.

Avaaz has taken on the chemical company Monsanto and stopped them from producing genetically altered seeds. As part of their human rights campaign, Avaaz has given money and supplies to refugees in Lebanon and donated $500,000 to a Migrants’ Offshore Aid Station in the Mediterranian. Avaaz works to save the environment for animal rights and fights governmental corruption.

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