Over half of our planet’s animals and plants live in the rainforests. Many are currently at risk for extinction and our survival is dependent on them. Protecting our rainforests is critical and Avaaz has already achieved victories in Brazil and on the island of Borneo.
The members of Avaaz went into action in 2009 and sent 30,000 messages and made 14,000 phone calls to Lula da Silva’s office in only two days. They opposed the President’s bill that would have given agribusiness a large percentage of the Brazilian Amazon. The worst parts of the bill were vetoed by Lula because of the pressure from Avaaz. Another bill was pushed by powerful lobbies three years later. This could have decimated enormous swathes of the forest. Avaaz used two million voices to build an alliance with Greenpeace and pressured Dilma Rousseff to ditch the controversial aspects of the Forest law.
The community of Avaaz has protected the threatened forests of Africa, Asia and the Americas time and time again. A half million Avaaz member joined the protesters in Bolivia and spent days marching to prevent the construction of a highway that would have gone directly through the heart of the Amazon. The cabinet ministers of President Evo Morales met with the team from Avaaz and the project was stopped. Tens of thousands of Avaaz members came together in 2005 to fund a historic gathering comprised of 25 indigenous leaders to dream about the possibilities of the Amazon’s future.
At one point more than 90,000 members of Avaaz donated the funds to purchase a large tract of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. This project has the ability to protect 700 of the last Bornean Orangutans and 1000 Pygmy Elephants in the world. Avaaz understands how critical the loss of biodiversity is to the planet. They are protecting our ecosystems and defending them with tooth and nail.
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