Activism - Global activism

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Activism Feature - Global activism

There couldn’t be a better time to get involved in some weighty issues on a global scale, as Claire Ritchie discovers

The Make Poverty History campaign garnered worldwide attention back in 2005 thanks to the involvement of Messrs Martin, Bono et al. It’s still going strong, though, and they need support to pressure the politicians and decision makers into helping make poverty history. makepoverty history.org. Similarly, the Jubilee Debt Campaign continues to ask the world’s governments to Drop the Debt, and they featured prominently at this year’s Glastonbury Festival: jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk

Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world. You can help by donating hard cash, joining the campaign network or organising an event to raise funds. www.antislavery.org

From pandemics to dolphin hunting, low-impact farming to clean water campaigns, find out more about the issues of the day – and learn how to get involved – at Take Part, takepart.org, a worldwide blog-cum-forum about the hottest topics facing our planet today.

‘If not you, who? If not now, when?’ So goes the motto of activism.net, an online activism resource kit, covering issues as diverse as sexuality and cyber rights, privacy and the war on drugs.

Countdown 2010 is a global campaign that has been running since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Aiming to ‘achieve by 2010 a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biological diversity’, they could have their work cut out for them without your help. countdown2010.net

From all-encompassing global issues to a much more localized and sinister one. The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) works in current and former conflict zones to clear the remnants of those conflicts – namely landmines – helping countries to rebuild and develop their social and economic potential. MAG has worked in around 35 countries since 1989, mainly in south-east Asia and Africa but also in the Middle East. maginternational.org

On a lighter – but still important – note, check out Adbusters, a not-for-profit, reader-supported magazine based in Vancouver, Canada. Concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces, their work has been embraced by organizations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. adbusters.org

The ways in which you can change your world are many and various, and the above are just for starters. You could also take part in Buy Nothing Day (November) buynothingday.co.uk or support the idea behind TV Turnoff Week whitedot.org or tv. The next switch-off week is in September – go on, you can do it! Or perhaps you could join the political party of your choice and take action against the status quo. Above all, talk to folk about your ideas, your world view, your hopes for the future. It might be that other people feel the same way …

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