World Development Movement visits Oaklands
08 May 2011
This week, Jeff Heine from the World Development Movement (WDM) came in
to talk to Citizenship students about what they represent and the
current issues they deal with.
The WDM, established in 1970, is a UK based pressure group lobbying
governments and multinational companies to end global injustice. They
also work to bring developing countries out of poverty. Past successes
include working with the Government on policies such as Fairtrade for
bananas in the 1990's.
Jeff, from WDMâ€™s St Albans branch, gave an interesting talk about the
importance of ending speculative food markets and ensuring that those
responsible for climate problems should pay their debts to the
developing nations suffering the effects. They are also concerned with
the banking system adhering to environmental and human rights conditions
throughout their trading.
He underlined the effectiveness of campaigning through letters to MPs
and world leaders. He stressed the importance of protesting peacefully,
lobbying and raising awareness of an issue through marketing tactics.
The World Development Movement exists in the political arena and thus is
not a charity. It works to deal with the root cause of poverty and
injustice rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Students found the
lecture complimented and reinforced their studies on the issues