Why take action in the UK?

War on Want recognises that poverty is political. We know that decisions made by politicians in rich countries can mean life or death for people in the developing world. And more often than not, siding with big business has meant continued poverty, conflict and injustice for the world’s poor.

We know that we have the power to reshape the global landscape - to ensure that people across the world can live in justice and peace. The only sustainable way to tackle poverty is to look at the roots of why people are poor in the first place, and make decision makers accountable for the realities they create. Most poverty is about politics, not natural disasters. We all need to use the power at our disposal to change the way the world works. 

War on Want is part of a global movement fighting for a fairer world. Citizens in powerful countries like the UK have the power to pressurise big business and politicians to make decisions which will move a great effect on those affected by globalisation, war and the quest for profit. By taking targeted action, we can and do affect change

You can make a difference. Through your student union, society, trade union branch or just by yourself, you can take action and support those in developing countries who are struggling for their rights.

Don’t stand for exploitation and injustice, for war and conflict. Stand for people, for equality, for human rights. Stand with us.

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Open Letter: Energy Charter Treaty

9 December 2019 - 4:00pm

War on Want has joined with over 270 other civil society organisations to call out dangers which the Energy Charter Treaty [ECT] poses to effective action on climate change.

The ECT is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement, Just Transition policies, and the expected European Green Deal, because it is used by large fossil and nuclear energy companies to lock-in their investments and challenge national government decisions to phase out dirty energy. The ECT contains measures to protect energy investments even where they contradict climate goals. And it has an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism that allows foreign investors in the energy sector to directly sue governments outside of existing courts, in secretive international tribunals, claiming up to billions in compensation if their (future) profits are affected. 

You can read the full open letter below. 

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Anniversary of the First Intifada in Palestine

9 December 2019 - 8:15am

Stand with the Palestinian people against oppression

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