An amazingly successful civic organization called Avaaz are promoters of global activism. They fight for issues on human rights, corruption, poverty, animal rights, and conflicts around the globe. Their unique name translates from a Persian word, Avaaz, which means song or voice. Because there is a similarity of similar words in most languages, it is universal.
Ricken Patel, the founding president, and executive director is Canadian-British and dedicated to the issues they face. He attended Balliol College, Oxford University studying politics, economics, and philosophy. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy obtained from Harvard University. He has worked in Sierra Leone, the Sudan, Afghanistan, and Liberia with the International Crisis Group.
They headed the People’s Climate Marches in 2014 and 2015, which turned out to be the largest mobilisations on climate change in history. There were over 1.5 million people who marched for this issue to end the use of Fossil Fuels. This march was what started political momentum, as it was classified as a wake-up call for politicians. The members of Avaaz worked with different governments and brought over 30 world leaders and cabinet ministers into the marches, which included the UN Secretary General.
They have been instrumental in creating large marine reserves and been a significant force in the biggest ocean conservation successes in history. In today’s world acidification is destroying our coral reefs, and it could possibly take millions of years for our ocean ecosystems to recover from overfishing. The answer is to let marine life regenerate without human interference in marine protected areas. In 2016 the largest protected area on our planet in the beautiful waters of Hawaii was created by President Obama.
The organization has, in order to rebuild and save lives in the aftermath of natural disasters, donated tens of millions of dollars, yen, and euros. It is, they said, the proudest moment in terms of the number of lives saved after these disasters.