Many of these will be very familiar, but you may also find some interesting new organisations below to support. Please contact us to tell us about others that should be here.
Humanist campaign and special interest groups
Kiva humanist team – the humanist lending group within Kiva, the international micro-lending organisation. The humanist team reached a lending goal of $50,000 in June 2011 . Kiva is now also offering a limited number of green loans.
Non-Believers Giving Aid, “a religion-free way to help disaster victims” which passes on allmoney donated to existing and highly reputable secular charities.
One Law for All “oppose sharia and other faith-based laws from a human rights perspective” in the UK and abroad.
Uganda Humanist Schools Trust – a charity to raise funds to support the efforts of Ugandan Humanists, who have founded three liberal secular-humanist schools.
H4BW isn’t a discussion forum, being more concerned with encouraging action than discussion, but there are opportunities to discuss global issues, Humanism, life, the universe and everything, at:
HumanistLife, run by the BHA as an “outlet for the humanist worldview… giving a voice to humanists on all the topics that interest, inspire or concern them… current affairs, society, art, science, nature…”
Think Humanism, “an independent humanist forum for people interested in humanism, secularism and freethought. Our aim is to offer a stimulating and supportive on-line environment to individuals who choose to live without religion and who wish to explore and develop humanist ideas on the web.”
Humanist Peace Forum “for humanists concerned with promoting peace… to help ensure that there is a humanist voice on peace issues.”
International Humanist organisations where you may find other campaigning humanists from around the world.
European Humanist Federation
Humanist political groups
Conservative Humanist Association
Green Humanist Group - please contact us if you have details of this group.
Other secular campaigns and charities
This is a tiny selection of organisations that work on the issues we are interested in, some of them on several interlinking ones.
Avaaz (“voice” in several languages) “is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere …[by] signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events…” (on many global issues).
Charter for Compassion “a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.” Much in it that humanists could support.
Climate Week – http://www.climateweek.com/ – “Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future…” takes place in March.
The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) is a think-tank on the interface of science, politics and the business world. To FRFG, intergenerational justice means that today’s youth and future generations must have at least the same opportunities to meet their own needs as the generation governing today.
Globalnet21 is a Meetup group for anyone who’d like to meet to discuss “some of these great issues of our millennium and bring back the hope that we can do something about it.”
10:10 – http://www.1010global.org/uk/about – “10:10 is about one simple idea: we all commit to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% in a year, then work together to make it happen.”
People and the Planet report, Royal Society, 26 April 2012
“gives an overview of how global population and consumption are linked, and the implications for a finite planet…”
Population Matters, “the leading population charity in the UK. We campaign to change the way people think about population. Our aims are to campaign, educate and carry out research on how population size affects sustainability, the environment and our quality of life.”
Shared Interest http://www.shared-interest.com/
“We are an ethical investment co-operative. We lend money to fair trade businesses, both buyers in the UK, US, Europe and Australia as well as direct to businesses in the developing world.”
SumOfUs “is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy. You can follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.”
Tipping Point Film Fund is a not for profit co-operative raising donations from individuals, groups and organisations who believe in using the power of film to make change. It helps “provocative and challenging non-fiction films with an international reach” to be made. Supported by The Co-operative.
Environment and climate
Campaign against Climate Change (CCC) “exists to push for the urgent and radical action we need to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate.”
Stop Climate Chaos coalition – the BHA is affiliated to this.
Frack-off – “fracking”, banned in France, parts of the USA and Switzerland, is coming to the UK, and will bring yet more carbon-producing fossil fuels, extracted in a highly polluting way, into the market.
Friends of the Earth, a source of information, campaigning, with a network of local groups.
Greenpeace, a source of information, with a network of local groups and a preference for direct action. Greenpeace makes a link between stable climate and “peace among nations” in its vision statement.
Skeptical Science: “The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming…maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.”
Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could - an interesting and in some ways counter-intuitive article written by a humanist.
Global justice and poverty
Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign: ” In 2013, the government has promised to provide 0.7% of national income for aid and to host a Hunger Summit. We must make sure they keep these promises. In June, the world’s most powerful leaders will meet in the UK at the G8. This is our best opportunity to tackle hunger. We must make IF happen.” Supported by the BHA and many other organisations.
Fairtrade Foundation seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged and contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities.
Global Witness campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses.
Jubilee Debt Campaign demands “an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world. We are calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unjust poor country debts.” The BHA supports this campaign.
Lend with Care – microfinance initiative from CARE International UK in association with The Co-operative, enabling you to lend small sums of money to entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Occupy Together, “a hub for all of the events springing up across the world in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement… We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across theU.S. and world as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.” See also Occupy London Stock Exchange.
Oxfam – a global movement to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam campaigns on famine, poverty, ,climate change, gender equality, and the global economic crisis…
MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY – the British Humanist Association supported this “biggest ever anti-poverty movement [which]came together… in 2005. Great steps forward were made, but the fight against poverty continues… Many organisations have campaigns which continue to focus on making poverty history. Find out how to join them.
Publish What You Pay – a global network of civil society organisations that call for oil, gas and mining revenues to form the basis for development and improve the lives of ordinary citizens in resource-rich countries. PWYP undertakes public campaigns and policy advocacy to achieve disclosure of information about extractive industry revenues and contracts.
Robin Hood Tax – a campaign for “a tiny tax on banks that would give billions to tackle poverty and climate change, here and abroad”. Supported by Oxfam (see http://updates.oxfam.org.uk/q/12jAm6BHz7NJo/wv) and the French government amongst others.
Transparency International UK raises awareness about corruption, advocates legal and regulatory reform at national and international levels, designs practical tools for institutions, individuals and companies wishing to combat corruption, 0ffers anti-corruption expertise and research.
The World Development Movement (WDM) is a UK-based anti-poverty campaigning organisation aimed at creating a fairer world and ending global inequality.
Human rights and peace
Amnesty International (UK)
Anti-Slavery International “works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.” See also Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anti-Slavery-International/46852258376) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/Anti_Slavery) accounts for all latest news, campaigns and events on modern slavery. And www.productsofslavery.org is an interactive website about slavery and the products we buy, to help consumers understand the scale of slavery in the global markets and how they can take action to end slave labour.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in the UK works to end the international arms trade.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.
www.crisisaction.org – Crisis Action, an international NGO which “aims to help avert conflicts, prevent human rights abuses and ensure governments fulfil their obligations to protect civilians” – the British Humanist Association is a Network Member.
Movement for the Abolition of War aims tospread the belief that the abolition of war is both desirable and possible; raise awareness of the alternatives to war for resolving national and international disputes; develop materials and strategies to educate…
Stop the War Coalition aims to stop the war declared by the United States and its allies against ‘terrorism’… war will simply add to the numbers of innocent dead, cause untold suffering, political and economic instability on a global scale, increase racism and result in attacks on civil liberties.
United Nations – “a stronger UN for a better world”: humanists were amongst the founders of the UN, and, while it does not seem to have fully lived up to the ideals of its founders, it probably remains the best hope we have of international cooperation, policing and peace-keeping.
War on Want – campaigns “for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.”
See also Good Causes and Charities – a BHA briefing on secular charities.