If you've ever felt frustrated that no-one really seems to stand up to international injustice then look no further than Avaaz.
Avaaz is a global web movement which empowers individuals to take action on a range of global issues from the environment to human rights abuses. Avaaz, which means voice in a number of languages, is an internet based international group that seek to change the world for the better through online petitioning, lobbying and direct action.
Using the power of the internet, it campaigns through local contacts in 14 languages towards goals set by its members. As soon as an issue is chosen, Avaaz then channels public concerns into an organised campaign for change.
Past successes have included convincing the UK Foreign ministry to double the area of protected ocean in a giant conservation project, prevented the handing over of a large area of Amazon rainforest to agribusiness for exploitation and launching a big publicity campaign against torture in the US.
It is currently campaigning against the decimation of bee populations and is calling for full testing of pesticides believed to be causing this.
Visit http://www.avaaz.org/en/index.php to sign the petition which has so far gained over a million signatures.
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