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:
- got nearly a third of UK universities to commit to divest from the fossil fuel industry
- forced Adidas to pay $1.8 million in legally owed redundancy payments to Indonesian workers as part of an international solidarity campaign.
- helped 1,200 Honduran workers get their jobs back following the world’s largest ever garment boycott
- forced the education sector to take climate change seriously, driven by the People & Planet University League
- made the 3rd largest UK pension fund, USS, the first to publish an ethical investment policy following our Ethics for USS campaign
- helped secure the world’s first Climate Change Act and organised the UK’s largest ever climate demonstration
- got the G8 to pledge 100% access to HIV/AIDS treatment
- forced the UK government to cancel $88bn of developing country debt as key members of the Jubilee 2000 campaign
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.
After months of campaigning, the Government committed to introducing a Climate Change Bill at the state opening of Parliament today.
Thousands of young people joined The Wave protests this weekend demanding tough action on climate change.
Adidas agreed to pay their former workers $1.8 million in legally-owed redundancy pay after a two-year campaign.