What is One World Week?
One World Week is a Development Education Charity*. Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.
* Charity No: 1107762
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
are offering a Lent Study Course: "Parables and Possessions"
On economics and a right relationship with money.
Witten by the Church of Scotland,
presented by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
This offers a valuable and timely opportunity for individuals and Church groups to follow up last year's OWW theme on consumerism and prepare for this year's "Living Differently".
You can download it from their website here: www.ctci.org.uk/lent
OWW is a member of The Climate Coalition (formerly the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition)
Europe is negotiating a new climate deal. David Cameron and Nick Clegg can push for the ambitious action that the world needs, but they have to know we're watching...
Visit their website to find out about an opportunity to ask them to PUSH for European Climate Action to ensure that targets for carbon emissions are ambitious enough to limit climate change.
Other featured campaigns include:
- 'Putting the brakes on fracking' to prevent damage to the local environment and adding yet more carbon to speed up climate change.
Scotland has its own coalition: Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, which helped secure the Scottish Climate Change Act targets to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. See the video about how they organised here
In 2014 they are organising a series of events under the banner 2014 Matters more here
Success for the transparency campaign! The government announced in October 2014 that it would crack down on phantom firms by making a public register of exactly who owns what in the UK.
There's lots of follow-up action needed to make it work for developing countries. You can take action for Tax justice, here
The CLIMATE JUSTICE Campaign continues - more news and action here including on Fracking and an invitation to Share Your Vision of an ideal world in 2030.
If you want to see a fairer food system you could take action here
"Change your lifestyle" - some tips here - to start you thinking about Living Differently.
Fairtrade Fortnight will launch a new stage of the Make Food Fair initiative: its ‘Make Bananas Fair’ Campaign.
In the last 10 years, farmers’ production costs have doubled, while the UK supermarket sector has almost halved the shelf price of loose non Fairtrade bananas (2 of every 3 in the UK are not Fairtrade) to 11p each. This doesn't even cover production costs, so growers are left in poverty.
‘Make Bananas Fair’ aims to transform the banana industry and ensure that the millions of struggling banana growers get a fair deal. Alfonso ‘Foncho’ Ruiz, a banana farmer from Colombia will be touring the UK in Fairtrade Fortnight. More about Foncho and how you can join the campaign at stickwithfoncho.org.uk.
Success! After three and a half years of campaigning, the EU has taken the historic decision to stop banks betting on hunger. More on our Partners News page (which links to WDM)
"The UK government is supporting a series of initiatives which are helping corporations take over Africa’s food. Under the guise of tackling hunger, initiatives like the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, will help corporations take control over Africa’s land, seeds and markets - at the expense of small farmers"
Read more about their campaign to stop the corporate takeover here
WDM's Carbon Capital campaign is about British Banks funding dirty energy projects that contribute to climate change, destroy the local environments and peoples livelihoods. Read more about it on WDM's website here. Work with your local WDM group- more here
"Too often the sugar in your favourite food and drink is produced by kicking farmers off their land. The rush for sugarmeans families are loosing their livelihoods and people are going hungry. But youcan change this. You can get three big food companies - Coca-Cola, Pepsico and Associated British Foods - to make sure their sugar doesn't lead to land grabs, and help build a better life for poor farmers."
If you'd like to sign OXFAM'S petition you can find it here
See a recent report on their "Behind the Brands" Campaign here
Consider taking action with Oxfam,s new campaign:
"STOP CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING PEOPLE HUNGRY" more here
Why not follow us on our social networking sites?
Call For Climate Action
For the love of each other, this spring, we are standing with over 100 organisations to call for climate action for the sake of all the things that matter most.
For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain's beautiful seasons.
For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking climate change seriously. And we're not alone.
It’s time to stand up, for the love of each other, and demand action.
Will you share what you love? (www.fortheloveof.org.uk)
For the love of video
Recently Added Resources
2014 Theme summary: A4 with 2xA5 single sided leaflets to down load and print for use at meetings - N.B. Full annual leaflet on 'Living Differently' will be published in May.(added 23 April 2014)
2013 Event Organisers' Evaluation Form (word.doc)(added 17 Oct. 2013)
Press Release Template for publicising your event (word.doc) (issued 10 Oct.2013)
Event organisers' form for collecting feedback from participants at OWW events (word.doc)(added October 2013)
'More than enough?' Quotes about consumerism and what 'being more' might mean-use them to start off discussion and more (word doc) (added 8 Oct. 2013)
Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)
Working with Others - a new page for 2013 with ideas for events and links to OWW Partners and their resources (updated 26 Sept. 2013)
New Worship Anthology on "More than Enough?" plus supplementary material (added 19 Sept. 2013)
More than Enough? -a selection of videos to inform and entertain (new for 2013. updated 5 Sept. 2013)
OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)
More than Enough? Featuring food/a meal in your event? These resources from CAFOD could enhance the menu! (added Aug. 2013)
Funding Opportunities - New possibility Aug. 2013
wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two word.docs) updated April 2013
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