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Let's have a delve at 2012

Posted by Sara Cowan Campaigns and Activism Co-ordinator

21st Dec 2012

In the tradition of 2012 reviews, here's a look back at the highs and lows of campaigning with Oxfam Scotland this year.

There have been some firsts in Scotland. Following years of campaigning on climate change the Scottish Government held the world's first parliamentary climate justice debate. Not only did the Scottish Government talk the talk, they also put money where their mouth is, with the launch of the climate justice fund. This funding - albeit relatively small - will help poor countries deal with the impact of climate change, something which is already a reality for millions of families around the world. We also campaigned to ensure the Scottish Government lives up to our world-leading climate change legislation in this country.

And the climate had an impact on our campaign spirits too. As Scotland saw one of the wettest summers on record campaigners braved the elements to take the campaign message out to festival goers across Scotland. Your food power messages can be found as part of our compilation here.

The summer also saw campaigner David Grimason attend UN talks in New York seeking to establish an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). David has been campaigning for a bulletproof treaty for many years but has continued to heap pressure on politicians, both here in the UK and around the world, for strong action. Videos of David's work on this campaign can be found here. Although the treaty has not yet been agreed, significant steps have been taken and March 2013 will see countries return to the negotiating table where life-saving decisions can be made.

Back in Scotland activists have grabbed land from Inverness to Edinburgh to highlight the impact of land grabs around the world. We drew parallels to the Highland Clearances in Scotland which can been seen in this video. We want to the World Bank to freeze large scale deals for six months pending a review of the rules and such actions have forced this global institution to sit up and listen.


Closer to home, a real boost was made to global citizenship education for Scotland's youngsters as the Scottish Government provided co-funding to secure a three year European grant which will see £680,000 come to Scotland. This grant will help to develop projects that will support young people's understanding of world economics, health and environmental issues delivered via International Development Association of Scotland (IDEAS) and The Scottish Development Education Centre (Scotdec).

And finally, Scotland - including the First Minister - joined many European countries in voicing support for the progressive Robin Hood Tax. As the year draws to a close the reality of a Robin Hood Tax in Europe is ever closer with plans for implementation in 2013.

Here in the campaigns office we've been busy with preparations for 2013. It's going to be a year to remember and we need to make sure it's for the right reasons. A big new campaign is coming our way. We can't say more than that just now but stay in touch to be first to know how to get involved.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Oxfam Scotland Campaigns Team  

Blog post written by Sara Cowan

Campaigns and Activism Co-ordinator

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