Wednesday, June 30, 2010
World Peace One is launching a ground-breaking Ten-Year
Global Peace Initiative that will include, amongst other things,
major entertainment events, ambassadorship programs, interfaith and
environmental programs, "sponsorship programs," humanitarian... relief
efforts, symposiums, educational curriculums, and grassroots
community activities and gatherings. The main objective of the
Ten-Year Initiative is nothing short of awakening, inspiring and
convincing our human family that World Peace is a crucial and
attainable goal – and in so doing create the largest Peace Movement
the world has ever seen.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) begins Monday. As you know, this is a critical year for whales. A compromise deal is on the table that, if passed, will re-open commercial whaling for the next decade. This will strike a serious blow against whales by undoing the steps taken over the last 25 years to protect them.
You can still make a difference and help the whales! Please urge your country's IWC commissioner to protect whales, not whaling. We need to stand together for these majestic creatures.
Our team is already on the ground in Morocco, meeting with commissioners and making the case for conservation, not killing. We'll be tweeting from the meeting -- live -- so you can follow the latest news as it happens. You'll also find daily dispatches on our website, letting you know of any key outcomes from each day's deliberation.
The fate of the world's whales is uncertain, but we still have time to influence decision-makers. With your action and support, we will have an impact.
Thank you for all that you do to help animals.
President & CEO
Humane Society International
Thursday, June 17, 2010
| The international vote that could legalize commercial whale hunting is just days away. 650,000 of us have signed the petition to protect whales, and an Avaaz team is on the ground to make sure we're heard -- let's super-charge this campaign by hitting 1 million signatures! Add your name and then forward this message:|
The outcome rests on whose voices are heard most clearly in the final hours: the pro-whaling lobby -- or the world's people?
More than 650,000 of us have signed the petition to protect whales -- it's time to reach 1 million! At the whale summit in Morocco, an Avaaz team is setting up billboards, front-page newspaper ads, and a giant, constantly-updating petition counter -- all to ensure that delegates, from the moment they step off the plane until they cast their votes, will see from our explosive numbers that the world will not accept legal whale slaughter. Click to sign, and forward this email to everyone:
Thanks to the worldwide outcry, many governments have already pledged to oppose the proposal. Each time the Avaaz whale petition added 100,000 signatures, it was sent again to the IWC and key governments -- some, like New Zealand, thanked all of us who had signed on.
But pressure from the other side has been relentless. Now other governments, especially in Europe and Latin America, may abstain... or even support the proposal. The vote could go either way.
Citizen pressure is our best hope. After all, it was an explosive worldwide social movement in the 1980s that led to the commercial whaling ban we're now trying to protect. As the International Whaling Commission meets in Morocco -- starting this Thursday, the 17th, with the crucial vote less than a week away -- let's make sure the world's voices are there to greet them:
After the global ban was first implemented on commercial whaling, the number of whales killed each year plummeted from 38,000 per year to just a couple of thousand. It's a testament to the power of humanity to move forward. As we move to confront the other crises of the modern age, let's cherish this legacy of progress -- by joining together now to protect our majestic and intelligent neighbors on this fragile planet.
Ben, Ben M, Maria Paz, Ricken, Benjamin, David, Graziela, Luis, and the whole Avaaz team
P.S.: Despite the ban, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued whaling -- and are now pushing to make the IWC proposal as lenient as possible. Expecting permission to catch more whales than ever, Japan is reportedly planning to buy its largest whaling ship yet. Click here to sign the petition against commercial whaling!
IWC Voting on Whale Hunting Moratorium Next Week
"IWC whaling proposal 'offensive'", New Zealand Herald
"Flights, girls and cash buy Japan whaling votes" - a new exposé by the Times of London
The other side: IWC Chairman defends whaling proposal
"Nations Push To Develop New Whale-based Products" - anticipating the end of the whaling ban, whaling nations planning whale-based products including golf balls and detergent
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Israel's deadly raid of the Gaza humanitarian flotilla has sparked worldwide outrage. This time, we can't accept mere words from our leaders. It's time for action.
This petition will be delivered to the UN and world leaders when it reaches 200,000 signatures -- sign on to join the global call for truth, accountability, and justice for Gaza!
Petition to governments and international organisations:
We call for an immediate, independent investigation into the flotilla assault, full accountability for those responsible, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade.
Gaza: investigate the raid, end the blockade