Record levels of greenhouse gases are already leading to killer floods, droughts and famines that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest and most marginalised people – those least responsible for climate breakdown. Rich countries, including the UK, have failed to do their fair share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or address the inequalities that make communities vulnerable to climate violence.
Multinational corporations are spreading across the planet to extract oil, gas, minerals and metals – devastating communities and driving climate breakdown. Seeking to evade responsibility for a crisis they have done so much to cause, fossil fuel companies and the global mining industry are presenting false solutions to climate violence, to justify their own existence and guarantee their profits. Their operations have forced communities from their land, polluted the environment and led to widespread human rights violations.
We campaign for climate justice and for a Global Green New Deal to protect people and planet. We hold UK-based companies to account for their destructive operations. We advocate for bold responses to the ecological crisis which lower emissions, confront poverty and enable communities to build local economic alternatives. We stand with our partners in the Global South on the front lines of climate violence, and support human rights defenders in the fight for their land and livelihoods.
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Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation (AEER), Indonesia
Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation (AEER) is an environmental NGO that struggles for improvements in the management of natural resources to help build sustainable relationships between communities and their environment. It undertakes research and defends the rights of communities negatively impacted by extractivist policies and companies.
Association for Social Research and Action (Nomadesc), Colombia
In Colombia, more than five million people have been forced from their homes by violence and extreme poverty, made refugees in their own country. Rural Colombians have lost huge swathes of land. This humanitarian crisis and the needs of displaced people are well known in Colombia. The Social Research and Action Association (Asociacion para la investigacion y la accion social – Nomadesc) works to fix this massive disadvantage. By bringing these vulnerable groups together, Nomadesc unites and raises the voices of these communities. By strengthening the ties between the groups and giving them the tools to defend their human rights, communities are better able to protect themselves from violence and displacement. War on Want has supported Nomadesc in their work investigating violations of human rights and working to strengthen social movements through popular education initiatives.