24 May 2013
Petition to French and Spanish govts to redouble efforts to kick start revival of bear populations:
Sites where you as a global citizen can safely visit to vote on world issues:
www.causes.com - perhaps 30 million users in last 18 months. Facebook related, USA focus but global issues too
www.change.org – global offices, some global but tending toward local issues (anywhere), about 25 million users
www.avaaz.org – global organization, global and local issues, 22 million users
www.moveon.org - mainly USA issues, 8 million users
www.38degrees.org.uk – mainly UK issues, some global, 1.35 million users and growing. User friendly.
www.sumofus.org – USA based, includes many global issues, one million users and growing
www.campact.de – “damokratie in aktion” – German/ global issues, 825,000 users
www.getup.org.au - predominantly Australian issues, some global, about 700,000 users
www.leadnow.ca - Canadian campaign site, 100,000 users
www.350.org - Climate change action site with some global petitions
www.greenpeace.org - Environment site with some global cause petitions on home page
www.care2.com - Some world issues, but only usable by USA citizens
www.globaldemocracy.com - global, about 2,000 users, voice and vote on any global issue
CURRENT WORLD PETITIONS
Petition to UK and German governments to support EU proposals for tougher transparency rules in offshore banking - http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_pay_your_fair_share/?vc
Petition to pressure Uganda government to abandon gay hate laws that allow death or life imprisonment penalties for homosexuals - http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_gay_death_law/?vc
Petition to US govt to not permit massive open cut mine that would impact natural environment, including sockeye salmon stocks, and animals and fishermen reliant on them - http://www.causes.com/ourbristolbay?ctm=issues-environment
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - BSAC website petition for global action to promote research into and responsible use of antibiotics - http://antibiotic-action.com/join/
PAST WORLD PETITIONS
The democracy vehicles in the GD.org list above recite many examples of 'victories' where voters, or petitioners, have prompted change. Many of their victories relate to local or regional issues.
This site only concentrates on and steers you toward matters of global relevance. Here are some past petitions that have had international ramifications :
2011 - 38degrees.org - A petition of 45,000 voters helped prompt the UK government to sign up to the European Directive on Human Trafficking.
2012 - Avaaz - A petition of over 2 million people worldwide helped stop the European Union supporting a bid by a group of countries and multinationals to control the internet.
2012 - Avaaz - A petition of over 2 million people worldwide helped pressure the government of Brazil to abandon a law that would have allowed wider scale logging and deforestation of the Amazon rain forest.