Campaigning & Change

Crisis in global oceans as populations of marine species halve in size since 1970

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White tip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, close-up. Phoenix Islands, Kiribati. (© Cat Holloway / WWF)

WWF’s Living Blue Planet report, an updated study of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, shows a decline of 49 per cent in the size of marine populations between 1970 and 2012. As well as being disastrous for ecosystems, these findings spell trouble for all nations, especially people in the developing world who depend heavily on the ocean’s resources. Read more »

University of Glasgow is the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels

People + Planet network have launched over 50 Fossil Free campaigns across the UK involving over 15,000 students

The University of Glasgow has become the first university in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry. After a year of student campaigning the University Court voted on 8th October 2014 to begin divesting £19 million from the fossil fuel industry and freeze new investments across its entire endowment of £128 million. This is a major victory for the UK and Europe's, rapidly growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Read more »

New report from Survival International reveals abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana

A new report from Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has revealed hundreds of cases of beatings, arrests and abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana at the hands of wildlife officers and police. Read more »

Survival announces winners of 45th anniversary photographic competition

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The overall winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins tribes man in the Brazilian Amazon. (Cover and September) © Giordano Cipriani / Survival International

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has announced the twelve winning entries of its first-ever photographic competition, held to mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. The winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man in the Brazilian Amazon. Read more »

FoE report links UK pension funds to land grabbing for the first time

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Read more »

Katharine Hamnett designs T-shirt to show support for Caroline Lucas & campaigners on trial for anti-fracking protest

Katharine Hamnett, the pioneer of ethical and environmental clothing, has pledged her support for anti-fracking campaigners, including Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, as they stand trial for involvement in anti-fracking protests at Balcombe last year.

Last summer, Sussex Police arrested 126 people during the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, which included the five who are appearing in court this week. All of the five deny charges of obstructing the public highway and failing to comply with conditions imposed by a senior police officer. Read more »

Survival International marks International Women's Day with a portrait gallery of tribal heroines

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For generations, industrialized societies have subjected tribal women and their communities to genocidal violence, slavery and racism in order to steal their lands, resources and labour. © Steve Morgan

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, Survival International has published a new photographic gallery that portrays the lives and stories of inspiring tribal women, past and present.

Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders for generations. They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain. Read more »

World population mapping helps combat poverty and poor health

WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps

A team of researchers led by the University of Southampton has launched an online project to map detailed population information from countries around the world. Read more »

Little Book of Big Deforestation Drivers provides 24 catalysts to address deforestation

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This hypothetical supply chain of a burger illustrates the complexity of global supply chains and the numerous actors and stages involved in the production and trade of a product from the forest to the end consumer.

A new book published today (Monday 18th November) by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) outlines the global context to the drivers of deforestation. Read more »

Report exposes threat to dam ‘Lost World’ in Guyana

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Chai-Chai gorge, just below the falls where, in a third phase of the Amaila hydro project, a dam would be built to divert the headwaters of the upper Mazaruni into the Kuribrong and Amaila rivers in the Potaro basin © Audrey Butt Colson

Plans to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the land of two unique tribes in Guyana would lead to the destruction of a unique people and vast tracts of rainforest, a new report has revealed today. Read more »

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