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You may sometimes feel that the number and scale of problems facing the world are overwhelming, and that as an individual, you don't have much power. But that's not the case. By joining forces with others who care about the same issues, you can amplify your voice and put considerable pressure on corporations whose activities harm people and the environment and politicians who do too little or nothing to prevent corruption, human abuse and environmental destruction.One of the most positive qualities of the internet is its capacity to bring people from all over the world together to campaign on issues of shared concern. Below are some of the organisations doing wonderful work to hold people in power to account.

Five year old Avaaz is one of the biggest. Campaigning on human rights abuses, tax havens, political corruption, refugees, environmental destruction and species extinctions, its membership is currently well over 46 million people from over 193 countries. Avaaz sets its priorities annually through all-member polls and also tests which issues to campaign upon by conducting random surveys of its members. Al Gore describes Avaaz as "an inspiration", and Gordon Brown said of Avaaz "do not underestimate your impact on leaders." To read about some of Avaaz's campaigning successes, see

To join, all you need to do is to sign a petition. Here's an example of a current petition:
Hong Kong - end ivory, not elephants:

You can also start your own Avaaz Community Petition.

Avaaz also uses a crowdfunding model to engage in direction action for some of its campaigns. You can fund those campaigns you care about if you so choose. Here are some current examples:
End the plastics plague (clean up our oceans):
Protect 50% of our planet from human exploitation:
Crack down on toxins which kill pollinating insects:

Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue has campaigned since 1986 on the protection of forests and biodiversity around the world. The pace of rainforest destruction has not slowed: there are still around 10.4 million hectares, about 6.3 million of which is primary forest lost every year. Of rainforests,more than half of what used to exist - just 5% of Earth's land area - has been destroyed, and with it one of the world's most biodiverse ecologies. Rainforest Rescue does not just campaign on rainforests, though: it also covers forest loss in Canada, the United States and Australia and many other countries. Current campaigns include: and

38 Degrees is so named "because 38 degrees is the angle at which a pile of snowflakes becomes an avalanche. When enough gather in the right place, they become an unstoppable force. 38 Degrees campaigns are inspired by this idea, giving individuals a chance to join an avalanche of people working together for a better world." It operates on a similar basis to Avaaz and addresses the same sorts of issues, but with a UK focus. Current campaigns include:
Stop Tilbury Expansion. The former Tilbury Power station is a high biodiversity brownfield site supporting many rare or threatened invertebrate species and many of conservation concern, and development threatens them.
Plastics in teabags. Our teabags are sealed with non-biodegradeable plastic. PG Tips, Britain's biggest tea company have no plans to remove plastic from their teabags, though Co-op is doing so.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals campaigns about animal abuse. One of their current campaigns is to end the importation of fur into this country. Did you know that not all fur purporting to be fake is actually fake? Some of those poms on trendy bobble hats are real fur, although there is nothing to indicate this on the composition labels. China is now the world's major exporter of fur. A country where there are no animal rights, animals (wild, farmed, and stolen domestic pets) can live in brutal conditions and die in appalling ways, as undercover films on You Tube show. Fur farms were outlawed in this country in 2000, but fur is now, sometimes illicitly sometimes not, making its way back onto our high streets - and on to our heads, our handbags, our boots, our coats, a generation after the anti-fur organisation Lynx made it unacceptable .

Respect for Animals continues the anti-fur compaigning work of Lynx, after Lynx was crushed in litigation by the fur industry inthe 1990s.