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22 August 2014

We’re now in the third full day of the European Summer University for Social Movements organised by the European Attac network. WDM activists have been learning about struggles across Europe against austerity, climate change and corporate power, and getting involved in planning co-ordinated European campaigning too.

22 August 2014

The Attac summer university, a gathering of over 2,700 people from across Europe, is the perfect place to form and maintain European alliances. Here I have met old friends from the food sovereignty movement and made some interesting new ones.

21 August 2014

Thirty activists from the UK, mostly from WDM groups, are in Paris for the Summer University of Attac – the global justice network founded two decades ago to fight the power of finance. 

13 August 2014

Fracking is just one example of how the corporate grip on power is getting stronger in the UK. Therefore the World Development Movement will be at Reclaim the Power camp in Blackpool this weekend to resist fracking and to link up with other movements against the corporate power grab.

13 August 2014

This August the World Development Movement will be going to Reclaim the Power in Blackpool and the Attac’s European Summer University in Paris to link up with activists from across the UK and Europe fighting against the corporate takeover of our democracy, our energy, and our food.

8 August 2014

I met Ines Perez earlier this summer in Colombia, where I was visiting people affected by the Cerrejón coal mine. Ines is from Tabaco, a community that was brutally pulled apart by the mine. The eviction of Tabaco, or the ‘cleaning up of the community’ as it was called, was one of the darkest moments of Cerrejón’s 30 year history. It took place thirteen years ago tomorrow.

7 August 2014

The UK’s biggest coal bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group has responded to WDM’s campaign for them to kick their addiction to financing companies engaged in coal mining and coal-fired power.

6 August 2014

Yesterday, Coca Cola announced it would expand its business activities in Africa. The corporate giant announced it will increase investments in Africa by $5 billion over the next 6 years, bringing the total to $17 billion by 2020. Coca Cola is part of the latest wave of corporations moving in to Africa to secure markets, land, resources and labour which promise vast corporate profits. 

18 July 2014

The aviation industry insists that its use of biofuels, made from plants and blended with conventional jet fuels, is ‘sustainable’. Rose Bridger begs to differ

17 July 2014

Ele Saltmarsh writes about the challenges and opportunities facing aspiring young farmers in the UK.

17 July 2014

Read about the founding of a new network of independent wholefood shops working together to help build the movement for a better food system.

10 July 2014

Biodiversity offsetting makes dreams come true.  As our new mockumentary shows, it is the license that can make bad developers’ dreams a reality.

26 June 2014

Today, investment from multinational companies and aid money from rich countries are joining forces once more to extract Africa's wealth. Colonial hisotry repeating? Find out more in Heidi's blog:

20 June 2014

An epic campaign against construction of an airport on paddy fields, used for growing rice, in Aranmula, Kerala has achieved a monumental victory.

19 June 2014

This week I’ve been volunteering at World Development Movement doing work experience in the agribusiness team.  On Tuesday I went to The Spark, a week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music and art looking at the fight for social justice.

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