A new poll commissioned by an online activist group shows that three out of four Germans are in favor of getting rid of coal as a primary power source for their country.
Knowing that some 75% of the German population is strongly behind a coal phase-out has important political consequences. The poll was commissioned by Avaaz, an organization that The Guardian called the world’s “largest and most powerful online activist group.”
Reducing world dependency on fossil fuels, especially ultra-dirty coal, is a primary example of a cause tackled by Avaaz. Fossil fuels are driving climate change, and global warming has dire implications for all life on the planet. But entities such as the coal industry are powerful, cash-rich and politically connected. Big Coal will not go away without a fight.
That’s where Avaaz steps in. It’s an organization that is eagerly taking on some of the toughest challenges facing our world today. It is doing so by bringing millions of people together to organize, network, strategize and raise money. Environmental issues are just one example of the many fronts on which Avaaz fights.
Avaaz volunteers work on poverty programs, provide aid and relief to refugees of war-torn countries, promote freedom of the press, facilitate affordable housing programs, bolster education for underprivileged kids and college education for adults – to name just a few works.
Avaaz was established in 2007 by a coalition of entities, including Res Publica and Moveon.org. The Service Employees International Union was also a founding partner, as were several private citizens. It is based in the U.S. but has a robust international presence.
Anyone can join Avaaz on the group’s website. To date, it has attracted the hard work and participation of nearly 50 million volunteers. The string of success stories Avaaz touts on its site is proof of how effective it has been in bringing about real change.
The name Avaaz is derived from Sanskrit and means “voice.” This is exactly what Avaaz does. It gives “voice” to millions of people, empowering them to contribute significant acts of charity and activism that make our Planet Earth a better place to live.