We hope these links will be useful to any humanist who wants to campaign, volunteer time or donate thoughtfully – many of them will be very familiar to the globally and politically aware supporters of H4BW, 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 all money 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.
Humanist web-forums: 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 Humanists UK 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.”
Humanist political groups: Conservative Humanist Association ; Green Humanist Group – please contact us if you have details of this group; Labour Party Humanist Group ; Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats
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: “Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future…” takes place in March.
Effective Altruism – offers top tips on how to choose effective charities to support. Effective Altruism London also has regular social meetups, often in pubs, to chat about ideas , discuss opportunities, make (altruistic) friends …
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.
Giving Gladly: A blog by Julia Wise on altruism and the good life and “Why well-planned giving is the most important thing you can do — and more fun than you thought.”
GiveWell (recommended by Ariane Sherine in New Humanist) is a “nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, we conduct in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent…”
Giving What We Can (recommended by Ariane Sherine in New Humanist): “…By giving to the most effective causes, you can do far more to help those in poverty: some charities are 1000 times more effective than others. At Giving What We Can, we conduct independent research aimed at identifying the very best charities…”
The Global Calculator is “a free and interactive tool that helps you to understand the link between our lifestyles, the energy we use, and the consequences for our climate. It is aimed at anyone interested in exploring what a low-carbon world could look like in 2050. The Calculator shows that it is possible to prevent dangerous climate change and ensure people’s living standards continue to improve if we act now.”
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.”
Good Country – a useful index of ‘good countries’ and a new international movement/political party. Founder Simon Anholt says: ‘To those in power who believe that only strength counts, and that people are always self-interested, I say “We tried it your way, and it didn’t work. Let’s try something new.” Is human progress at least as important as national politics? Do you think nations should collaborate more and compete less?’
Move Your Money – “provides people with the information and confidence they need to make informed decisions regarding the types of financial institutions they want to support”.
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…”
The Most Good You Can Do – philosopher Peter Singer’s 2015 book
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: “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.
80,000 hours: “You have 80,000 hours in your career. We’ll help you make them count.”
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.”
The Climate Coalition – Humanists UK and H4BW are part of the Climate Coalition, formerly known as Stop
Climate Chaos. “The Climate Coalition is the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the environment and the world’s poorest communities. With our sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, our combined supporter base embraces more
than 11 million people spanning over 100 organisations across the UK, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women’s groups.”
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.
Sir David King, former Government chief scientist and Patron of Humanists UK : “Climate change is not the biggest challenge of our time, it’s the biggest challenge of all time”. Former chief scientists refuses to sugar-coat climate risk assessment – political and business leaders should listen…”
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.”
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.”
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
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 Justice Now (formerly the World Development Movement or WDM) is a UK-based anti-poverty campaigning organisation aimed at creating a fairer world and ending global inequality.
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.” Humanists UK 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.
The Life You Can Save – “founded by the philosopher Peter Singer and based on the basic tenet of Effective Altruism: leading an ethical life involves using a portion of personal wealth and resources to efficiently alleviate the effects of extreme poverty….While there are endless problems in the world that you as an individual cannot solve, you can actually save lives and reduce unnecessary suffering and premature death.”
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 – Humanists UK 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.
Human rights and peace
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. Humanists UK supports this campaign.
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.
Crisis Action, an international NGO which “aims to help avert conflicts, prevent human rights abuses and ensure governments fulfil their obligations to protect civilians” – Humanists UK is a Network Member.
Freedom from Torture, formerly Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, works ” with survivors of torture in centres in Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle (and via a capacity-building presence in Yorkshire and Humberside) to help them begin to rebuild their lives.”
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.”
Good Causes and Charities – a Humanists UK briefing on secular charities.