Sum of Us helps you tell the Monsanto corporation to abandon its scheme that traps Indian farmers in a cycle of debt, to the point where over 200,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves. Farmers in India used to save seeds and plant them the following year -- a practice pretty much every farmer in human history has embraced -- but Monsanto patents its seeds, and our government allows these patents to go through, which means if you, as a farmer, save seeds either by harvesting them out of the resulting fruit or simply not planting the extras, you're "violating" Monsanto's "rights" -- this, even though you can't really patent something you can just as easily find in nature, and "exercising its rights," for Monsanto, means trampling all over the rights of farmers everywhere else on Earth. Making farmers buy new seeds every year, just so you can keep the cash rolling in? Not as important as farmers being free to practice the conservative value of thrift. Versus, you know, the "conservative" value of letting big corporations do whatever they want.
Meanwhile, the African elephant is in trouble -- the Wildlife Conservation Society estimates that an African elephant gets killed about every 15 minutes, so it could be extinct, except in captivity, within the next 10 years -- and though laws all over the planet either ban or restrict the trade, the black market in elephant ivory still thrives, and in the most unlikely places, like Craigslist. That's right, the place where you bought that bicycle, sold that laser printer, or made that horrific date! Craigslist has formally banned ivory sales on its pages, but hasn't moved to enforce that ban, by, say, going after and taking down ivory sales posts or reporting the posts to law enforcement. Some folks will say, gosh, how can they do that when they have over 50 billion pages and over 80 million new posts daily? Well, a big website brings big responsibility, and if Wikipedia can keep nonsense off its entries, then maybe it's not so impossible a job. Avaaz helps you tell Craigslist to do more to stop illegal ivory trading on its site, and thus help fight the illegal killing of African elephants.