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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.

18 June 2014

Over a hundred years ago, European countries carved up the continent of Africa. Now, a new scheme supported by the richest countries in the world, looks set to replicate the colonial grab for resources and land. 

16 June 2014

On 12 July, WDM will be part of a day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This proposed agreement, between the US and the EU, is more accurately described as a corporate power grab by big business on both sides of the Atlantic. The day of action in the UK is an important step in raising the level of opposition from ordinary people across Europe to this damaging deal.

13 June 2014

The day I arrived in Colombia was the day of the first round of the country’s presidential elections. Across the country, a little more than a third of the people voted. None of the candidates reached the required 50 per cent of the total vote, meaning that another round of voting is due to take place this weekend, with voters choosing between the top two candidates. Colombian people I have spoken to have said there is little between the candidates, and that most people do not feel represented by any of the parties standing.

9 June 2014

By focussing purely on movement of people into the UK, the seven Labour MPs who wrote an open letter to Ed Miliband risk inflaming a dangerous discourse on immigration and race which 'blames the victim', and is anything but progressive. 

6 June 2014

For the first time in history a law that mentions food sovereignty is going through parliament.

30 May 2014

Hear from two prominent Scottish politicians on their vision for the future of Scotland as Scottish people prepare to vote in the independence referendum

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