Can You Do?
Visit our links page for links to
organisations campaigning for global justice, and for more information
about international financial institutions like the World Bank, International
Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation.
active. Write letters to state and federal parliamentarians
and newspapers voicing your opposition to WTO agreements, and drawing
their attention to the effects of the agreements. Ask local councils
to pass motions of opposition to these agreements. Talk to friends and
family about trade issues, or start a local group to campaign on these
issues. Join the growing protest movement for global justice which is
more and more active around the world.
less. Think twice about all the consumer items you are encouraged
to buy. Do you really need them? The less you consume, the less you
perpetuate the destructiveness of the global economy – and the
less money you need and hence the less you need to work. Spend the time
you would have been working by relaxing, spending time with your family,
growing your own food or participating in your local community.
close to home. Thanks to the recent rise of community gardening
and farmers markets in Australia, we are no longer forced to buy industrially
produced food from large corporations. Across Australia there are now
hundreds of community gardens where people can not only grow their own
food, but develop important links to their local community.
markets are another great alternative, and are springing up in cities
and towns across Australia. At a farmers market, farmers from a local
area sell their food direct to the public. Buying your food from a
farmers’ market means that it is locally produced, and the money
goes straight to the person who grew it. It guarantees farmers a decent
income, encourages face-to-face interaction, creates communities and
avoids all the destructive effects of the global trading system.
For a list
of community gardens and farmers’ markets near year you, see our
local food page.
fairly. For products not produced locally, “Fair Trade”
products (where farmers are guaranteed a fair price for their produce)
are now available in specialty shops in Australia. Speak to your local
businesses about purchasing Fair Trade coffee, tea, or chocolate, or
visit Community Aid Abroad shops in capital cities for a larger range
of fair trade goods: www.oxfamtrading.org.au
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