The Positive Impact of Avaaz on International Progressive Issues of Human and Animal Rights and Climate Change

The concern that various organizations show for the welfare of animals, human right, and climate is taking a significant proportion of public and national debates everywhere. The funding needed to support the initiatives of such groups is drawn from diverse sources in the public or private sectors, and from individual donors. In the US there is a group known as AVAAZ which is a civic organization the focuses on issues of animal rights, climate change and the rights of humans especially immigrants and poor people. But unlike other similar organizations that have physical locations and addresses, Avaaz is an online network which many believe is the largest and most influential organization of its kind in the world.

According to the article, “France: Avaaz Activists Celebrate Election Results, WWII Anniversary,” The name of the group is a translation of a Persian word which means Song or Voice. It was founded in 2007 by a gathering of professionals in the public sector whose desire is the promotion of good governance, democracy, and civic virtues or principles of good conduct. The two organizations behind its formation are MoveOn.org which is an American group advocating for progressive public policy, and Res Publica. Its leadership is made up of famous individuals like Ricken Patel the executive president and founding president, Jeremy Heimans, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser and Ben Brandzel. The group does not accept payments of over $5,000 and neither does it receive donations from corporations or foundations. It mainly depends on the goodwill of its members to raise funds.

In over 30 countries there is dedicated team of campaigners who manage the global activities and campaigns of the group. The campaign tactics the organization employs include emails to the leader’s tools, videos, and public petitions. The strength of the team is on uniting all people with practical ideologies from around the world, and it only supports progressive causes which aim to build greater global cooperation.

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