White Cliffs of Dover? Angel of the North? Glastonbury Tor? SOLD!
Al Kinley Editorial assistant for Oxfam's digital communications
6th Dec 2012
White Cliffs of Dover? Angel of the North? Glastonbury Tor? SOLD! Can you imagine if this really happened?
Selling these national treasures would be a scandal. Now imagine it was your house, your local school or your community that was under threat. For too many people living in poverty, this is reality.
Every 25 minutes, an area of land the size of Glastonbury festival is bought by foreign investors in some of the poorest countries in the world. These land deals often force people from their homes and livelihoods, stopping them from growing food or collecting water.
What are we doing about it?
Back in October, Oxfam launched a campaign targeting the World Bank. The Bank funds many large land deals and has a strong influence on how land is bought and sold around the world. This means it has the power to help stop land grabs.
As the movement gathers support, this weekend campaigners from across the UK are 'selling' our favourite landmarks, beauty spots, towns and villages to draw attention to this shocking situation.
How you can help:
Thousands of you have already asked the World Bank to freeze its investments in land while it sets a fair standard for others to follow - but we're still waiting for them to act. That's why we're calling on the UK government to get involved.
Take action: contact your MP to stop land grabs