People & Planet is group bringing together students in the United Kingdom with the aim of advocating for fight against poverty, respect for human rights and protection of the environment.
The network was founded back in the year 1969 by a group of students from Oxford University as Third World First but later changed its name to People & Planet in the year 1997. People & Planet is supported by various non-governmental organization which includes Oxfam.
Oxfam is a global organization that has its main in advocating for reduction in poverty.
Just like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s magazine, Village Voice Media, Third World First too(now People & Planet) founded a favorite magazine, The Internationalist and was later associated with activist magazine, The New Internationalist.
People & Planet campaigns are mainly in climate change and monitoring business activities to avoid exploitation.
Buy Right is the current project spearheaded by People & Planet which aims at protecting the rights of people those universities conducts business with which include the suppliers. To achieve this, People & Planet is urging universities to work with the Worker Rights Consortium, which is an independent organization that monitors and advocates for employees in garment industry.
People & Planet is planning to have a new organization with the same objectives as the Worker Rights Consortium, but focusing on electronics industry.
In conjunction with 350.org, People & Planet initiated a campaign duped Fossil Free UK aimed at incapacitating the connections between the Fossil producers companies and universities in the United Kingdom. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
These campaigns focus on investments, any perceived and existing sponsorships and partnerships as well as academic research.
Before this campaign, People & Planet had another movement, Going Greener. The campaign brought together university student groups to work to work together to alleviate the rising levels of carbon and to advance an awareness education campaigns towards achievement of 50% fewer emissions of carbon by the year2020.
People & Planet notable successes
The group has been instrumental in fighting against any social injustice not forgetting numerous campaigns. Among their successful campaigns are;
There are over 100 Fairtrade universities and 106 Fairtrade secondary schools as a result of the People & Planet rigorous campaigns
UK government agreed to be the international leader in providing HIV/AIDS medical services to everyone by 2010
People & Planet stood with one of the largest boycotts of garments which resulted in formation of garment union located in Honduras and recognized by the government. The campaign also led to employment of over 1200 people.
Over $88 billion worth of debt was written off for the world’s developing countries during Jubilee 2000 campaigns which were spearheaded by People & Planet helped by other activists groups.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix, after being awarded by the county court a settlement amounting $3.75 million, donated all of it towards activist groups fighting for human rights, immigrants and freedom of speech, and that’s how Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was formed.
They had been arrested by the Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio for divulging the existence of court proceedings that required their notes on articles about the Sherriff. Lacey and Larkin later sued the county court.