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Get the latest news and analysis on global justice issues and join in the debate. Our bloggers include Global Justice Now staff as well as activists from around the world who work on a broad range of subjects.

Our blog links experiences in the UK to issues affecting people globally, and covers everything from energy justice, climate change and the WTO, to TTIP, food sovereignty and aid.

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On the brink of another global food crisis


02 August 2012

WDM food campaigner Amy Horton writes in the Guardian today that in the context of a major drought in the US, food speculators are driving up cereal prices, underlining the inherent vulnerability of a system in urgent need of reform.

Reality check for the Scottish government during First Minister’s ‘year of climate justice’


25 July 2012

Last week, the Scottish government published the results of its first annual target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  It was not good news. The target was missed. In fact greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland had increased by 2%.  

A new movement is born: food sovereignty in the UK


12 July 2012

Today 2,500 dairy farmers descended on Westminster to express their outrage at cuts in milk prices paid by the processing companies. Six companies control 93 per cent of UK dairy processing, giving them huge power.

UK signs international water convention


29 June 2012

The World Development Movement joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2008 to campaign for the UK government to accede to the UN Watercourses Convention, to help ensure that the world’s 263 international boundary crossing rivers are protected and peacefully shared.

The end of a very long supply chain: join the summer of resistance


29 June 2012

How can one lowly individual go about fighting the lucrative monster that constitutes the global arms trade? Living in Brighton, the company EDO / ITT is on my doorstep, located on Home Farm Road, Moulsecoomb. Yet what is it that they actually do?

Food crises - Is aid the answer?


28 June 2012

It is difficult to watch Africa in the midst of yet another food crisis and hear the plea from aid agencies desperately searching for more funds. Organisations such as Action Against Hunger and World Vision, have estimated that a further $200 million is needed to fight the growing food crisis and more than 15 million people are now said to be at risk, including many from some of the poorest countries in the world: Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso . 

No new coal for Scotland - campaign success


27 June 2012

Ayrshire Power has just announced that it is shelving its plans for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterton in Ayrshire. This is great news – and reflects the huge amount of opposition that there’s been to the power plant ever since the proposal first came to light three years ago. 

Pilgrimage for Justice: Occupy Faith sets off


15 June 2012

The ominous grey skies of Thursday 7 June did nothing to dampen the high spirits of the pilgrims congregating on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral that lunchtime. I went there to join them at the beginning of the pilgrimage.

To exist is to resist: the struggle for water rights in Palestine


07 June 2012

On 23 May I went along to an event organised by Friends of the Earth in North London, an evening of discussion with incredibly inspiring Palestinian water activist Zayneb Al Shalafeh. Part of the grassroots Palestinian group Lifesource which has been campaigning for water justice for Palestinians since 2007, Zayneb focussed on the fact that the right to water is a right explicitly recognised under international law. 

Can economic partnership agreements be stopped?


06 June 2012

One of the major challenges facing global justice campaigners today is stopping Europe forcing 'economic partnership agreements' (EPAs) on African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.  

Three talks at the Grassroots 2012 conference


01 June 2012

I went along to the TUC organised “Grassroots” conference on Saturday 26th May at Congress House, Great Russell Street, just off the Tottenham Court Road. The wonderfully sunny weather set the positive mood for the conference: on arrival, conference attendees were not only treated to an array of stalls from a number of progressive organisations and campaigning groups, but the particularly impressive “Save our Placards” exhibition organised by students of Goldsmiths University. 

Use our 'subvertised' Rio+20 logos!


29 May 2012

The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development taking place at the end of June 2012 bills itself as an opportunity for people to come together to "shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection". Sounds great, but here at the World Development Movement we're a bit sceptical about some of these claims (to say the least).

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