So many people are inundated with the crises of the world that it’s hard to know how to act, how to help, or how to participate in the dialogue. There are so many concerns worth attention, but where can that activism start? Where does someone go to add their voice to the cause, whatever it may be?
Who is Avaaz?
In short, Avaaz is a launching pad of activism. They have created a comprehensive location for people to seek out those issues that gnaw at their peaceful moments. Since its conception in 2007, they have taken action for, or in some cases against, over 300 million agendas. From animal rights to climate change to policy support or rebuke, they seek to bring a collective to the arena because in many cases, strength is in numbers. Their “action” includes things like raising money, getting petitions signed, and calling, emailing, or reaching out to political leaders. They do whatever is needed to be done to see successful completion of a directive. Most importantly, Avaaz connects people who have the same goals.
Avaaz seeks to triage moments of crisis and cultivate productivity and action in the wake of potential disaster. Again, with a core ethos in unity, they seek to create change and give access to people that wish to participate.
What has Avaaz done?
In short, a lot. Recently, however, they launched a petition in the wake of President Trump’s plan to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants. This particular petition procured more than 4 million signatures in dissent of his proposed policy. Slightly more distant in the past, Avaaz curated the Global People’s Climate March in 2014. This march was an effort to bring awareness to the dangers and pressing trepidation of climate change. Participation occurred all over the world by the hundreds of thousands. Because Avaaz provides a pivot point for activism, globally millions can unite and act.
For some, the issues that invade and cloak the world are so vast and varied that it feels impossible to help. Avaaz provides a place for the distressed to rally and organize. They provide the resources and relationships to make ideas actionable and agendas concrete.