Join us to celebrate 50 years of People & Planet
2019 is the 50th anniversary of People & Planet, the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice. Formed as Third World First in 1969, we've achieved loads in our campaigns for global justice. Come along to celebrate our successes, be reunited with old friends, and find out about the history and current activities of People & Planet and Third World First.
Date: Saturday 16 November 2019
Time: 17:00 - 23:00
Location: The King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
Cost: £50 - that's just £1 for every year of People & Planet! Or book early and you might be lucky enough to save £10 by getting an early bird ticket.
Programme: Talks from previous and current members of People & Planet and Third World First, buffet, Bowreed ceilidh band, prize raffle, licensed bar.
You can have a look at who's already said they're interested or coming on out Facebook event.
If you're interested in becoming an event sponsor or donating raffle prizes please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details of the available packages. Ethical companies only please!
A very quick history
In 1969 a group of Oxford University students started Third World First, collecting money from students to support Oxfam's work in overseas development. Since those humble beginnings, the movement grew to more universities and to become a campaigning organisation in its own right.
We had our first campaign victory in 1997 when we persuaded Pepsi to pull out of Burma, then under military control and one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. The head of PepsiCo described the campaign as "a right pain in the arse" - something that we're still proud of today.
In 1998 we renamed ourselves as People & Planet to move away from the somewhat out dated concept of the "third world" and to include an environmental dimension to our work as people are fundamentally reliant on the planet on which we live.
Fast forward through the Noughties - when we campaigned on access to HIV and AIDS medicines, for trade justice, against the privatisation of education and much more - and we get the the 2010s. For most of this time we've focused on tackling the climate crisis, defending workers' right and, most recently, campaigning for migration justice in the UK. Our current campaigns are:
And we also publish the Universities League - the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.
There's lots more about our history here, and they'll be even more at the celebration event.