Read. Watch. Go. Do 28/02/13

READ – The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

Published in 2009, Jones offers a solution to America’s two biggest problems – the economy and the environment. I am LOVING this book – it’s ambitious, solution-focused and forthright in demanding that the environmental movement make significantly more effort to include people of colour and poor people. It sets out a roadmap for communities and governments to get people out of joblessness and jail and into green and decent jobs which revitalise the U.S economy and reduce carbon emissions through a green-collar army of urban gardeners, solar panel engineers, wind turbine factory workers and home insulation fitters.

I’m half way through but already inspired by the potential application in Scotland.

GO – Rich Man’s World? The global crisis and Scotland’s role in fixing it Edinburgh, 2 & 3 March, Augustine’s church

The world is in crisis: the richest 1% have made a killing while the rest of us have been left to pick up the pieces. From the decimation of public services to the climate crisis; global debt to the erosion of rights at work, people across the planet are demanding change.

This free event is co-hosted by Jubilee ScotlandJubilee Debt Campaign,Democratic Left Scotland and People & Planet. It will bring together people – young, old, hardened organiser or new kid on the block – from across Scotland to discuss our role in the global movement for a just, sustainable future. Book your free place now.

DO – Become a Global Poverty Ambassador DEADLINE 5PM FRIDAY 1st MARCH

Since the beginning of 2010, we have been taking the story of progress to schools, conferences, communities and universities around the UK. It’s an inspiring story and 2012 we searched for selected 150 leaders in their communities to be Global Poverty Ambassadors to tell this story in their communities.

Now, in 2013, we are looking for 150 leaders from across the UK to become Global Poverty Ambassadors.

As an ambassador you will be provided with high level training and exclusive opportunities to engage with some of the world’s most prominent leaders in the fight against extreme poverty.

In 2012, the Global Poverty Ambassadors led campaigns to bring an end to Polio, change the face of aid in the Isle of Man, support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and many more, whilst delivering the ground-breaking 1.4 Billion Reasons. 2013 Ambassadors will focus strongly on three key campaigning areas: food, transparency and gender equality.

In the next twelve months we will see unprecedented opportunities to reduce poverty – April’s Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, the G8 in Northern Ireland and the announcement of the new Millennium Development Goals will shape the future of the world’s poorest people.

This is your chance to join with us and take a lead in the movement to end extreme poverty within a generation.



  1. Amanda

    I love the Poverty Ambassador initiative… unfortunately you have to be living in the UK to apply 🙂 Sounds so exciting, are you gonna do it?
    I am writing down the book you recommended sounds very interesting, and I tend to like books that offer solutions instead of pinpointing problems (also important but I believe it is easier to do the latter).

  2. Claire A

    The Global Poverty Initiative is a brilliant idea and such a good introduction to campaigning. A friend is coordinating the UK outreach so I thought I’d give it a shout out. I’m not applying as I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing this year job wise and I don’t feel I can commit to it yet. Another year!
    I like a solution filled agenda – it’s really easy to say what you’re against but much harder and more constructive to say what you’re for.

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