People & Planet Is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.

We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.

Over the years, student activists have:

Timeline of important events in People & Planet's history

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Third World First is born

Third World First (as we were then named) was set up at the end of 1969 by students involved with Oxfam. We raised a lot of money for overseas projects by asking students to sign up to regular standing order donations - something that was groundbreaking at the time - and as these were the days of student grants, many students voluntarily offered 1% of their grant money as a self imposed tax.

April 2013
Photo of PT Kizone worker protest

Victory for workers: adidas agree to 'pay up'

Adidas agreed to pay their former workers $1.8 million in legally-owed redundancy pay after a two-year campaign.

Sweatshop Free Sweatshop Free Campaign logo
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Sweatshop Free is part of a movement of people across the world, who are coming together to win workers’ rights for sweatshop labourers. Our campaign brings together students and workers in a coalition capable of challenging the root causes of unacceptable working conditions.