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29 October 2014

Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) divides Europe

29 October 2014

For two years now, we have exposed the dirty fossil fuel secrets of the major UK banks. We’ve shown how big banks plough billions of pounds into coal, oil and gas, threatening dangerous climate change. We’ve also exposed the terrible things some of the big coal mining companies they fund are doing in the name of corporate profit. But throughout our campaign the banks have worked hard to defend their already tattered reputations.

29 October 2014

As part of our new energy justice campaign, we’re looking at ways to make the links with struggles against corporate control of energy at home. Earlier this week, we attended the launch ofFuel Poverty Action's Energy Bill of Rights in parliament.

28 October 2014

Today, a parliamentary committee has released its verdict on the future of the mining and extractive industry. Echoing our calls to toughen regulation, it recommends that the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) remit be expanded to screen companies wanting to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSX) on their social and environmental standards.

23 October 2014

Yesterday, at the last minute, University College London (UCL) cancelled an event about BHP Billiton in Colombia due to be held this evening. Why?

23 October 2014

You’re the government of a small South American country with a modest-sized health budget and you want to do what you can to encourage citizens to lead healthier, longer lives by dissuading them to give up smoking. Seeing the success that other countries have had with similar legislation (such as in the UK), you decide to increase the size of the health warnings on cigarette packets and clamp down on supposed ‘light’ brands. And then a huge tobacco multinational comes along and tries to sue you for millions for bringing in legislation that would harm their profits.

17 October 2014

As the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting, almost 10,000 people and nearly 60 organisations (including us) have signed a letter urging the Commission not to pursue policy related to biodiversity offsetting (BO). They fear it would “harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit.”

17 October 2014

Dutch journalist Caroline de Gruyter, writing for NRC Handelsblad reported that incoming European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is said to have decided to remove the controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) from TTIP, citing that it is “too late” to win on the issue, and to send a clear signal to EU citizens that he has “heard them."

16 October 2014

All over the world small-scale food producers are growing food sustainably for their local communities in spite of the threats thrown at them by the world’s elite and powerful. 

13 October 2014

Last month, members of the World Development Movement from around the country voted to change our name to Global Justice Now.

Changing our name is just one step in a bigger ‘relaunch’. This isn’t about changing our values, but expressing them more effectively. About building a bigger movement and running more high profile campaigns which can really start to change the world.

13 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa: The Zai pit technique originated in Mali but was adopted and modified by farmers in Burkina Faso after a particularly bad drought in 1980 which affected over 1 million people.

13 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa. Yields.

13 October 2014

This week we hope to see climate change hit the news again. Not because of another catastrophic weather event but because activists from around the world are taking part in a week of action against the dirty energy companies and institutions that fuel climate change.

9 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa. Xeriscaping is a form of landscaping and gardening which emphasises water conservation and is therefore ideal for arid environments.

9 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa.  In many African countries, harvesting and storing rainwater is an important way of ensuring that food production can continue into parts of the dry season.

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