THE pro-whaling lobby tried to use political favours to win a so called 'compromise' that amounts to a quota for hunting whales, but as tension grew in the closed-door talks, Avaaz.org massive petition became a top story on the BBC's world news, and worked with friendly negotiators and other allies to put pressure where it was most needed and draw greater global attention.
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The Australian environment minister Peter Garrett received Avaaz.org petition for like-minded governments in front of the world's media and said "Thank you very much Avaaz. It is a great pleasure to be here and accept this petition...I believe the people of the world's voices need to be heard. I certainly hear them today."
The US delegation greeted Avaaz.org saying -- "Avaaz! We saw your billboard at the airport!" and delegates were overheard excitedly discussing our giant real-time petition counter outside the meeting as it blew far past the million mark.
After the meeting, one European negotiator said : "We've managed to keep the ban in place...I've been checking the petition online. I was very impressed by how fast the numbers are rising and seeing people signing from across the world."
This is an important victory for whales -- and for global people power -- together we demonstrated that international decisions can be shifted by a little bit of well-placed effort from a lot of people everywhere.
But winning this battle won't guarantee the whales' safety yet -- Japan's "scientific" whaling fleet is already sailing out of harbour through IWC loopholes to kill hundreds of whales.
To win for good, we'll need to campaign to strengthen and reform the IWC, and to mobilise in countries with pro-whaling governments like Japan -- where the Cabinet knows Avaaz and we have changed environmental policy in the past.
We can do it if enough of us chip in just a small amount. Avaaz campaigning will be entirely member-funded this year, so every donation makes Avaaz.org more effective. Help fund campaigning in Japan and other key nations now - click here to donate and make it happen:
Over its short lifespan, Avaaz.org movement has exploded through a simple democratic idea: that people power can stand up and win against powerful special interests. Whether it be protecting whales, countering corruption, supporting authentic democracy movements or fighting for a global climate deal, we are coming together to bridge the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
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With hope to contribute to this cause,
Younes, Laila, Jalal, Ruben and all the Africa Extrem Surf Camps team
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