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What's Changing? - Activism



Please see below selected recent activism-related change,


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November 2021


August 2021

  • In Surfing the global protest wave, Chatham House argued that economic inequality and social injustice have ignited a cycle of protests around the world as a new generation makes common cause to ensure their voice is being heard. At a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, young activists are especially invested in struggles for a better future. Unless their demands for a secure future, greater democratic participation and equitable solutions on climate change are met, we should anticipate increasingly frequent and disruptive waves of protest.


May 2021

  • The Financial Times argued that today’s business leaders are being confronted by a new generation of agitators whose aims they consider unrealistic, whose methods they consider unreasonable but whose message will probably prove worth heeding in the long run. 
  • Quartz claimed that shareholders are turning up the heat. In 2021, activist shareholder groups focused on climate change won victories at ExxonChevron, and Delta. The Exxon win, which placed two climate activists on the company’s board, was staged by a band of investors called Engine 1. As The Atlantic reported, Engine 1 then launched an even bolder strategy: an exchange-traded fund anyone could invest in that would put climate pressure on America’s 500 largest public companies.


December 2020


September 2020

  • More than 200 environmental activists were killed in 2019 for daring to defend nature against human depredation, according to Global Witness. The NGO’s “Defending Tomorrow” report for 2019 said it was the worst year ever for killings of land and environmental defenders: 212 died, most of them in Latin America and the Philippines. There were 33 deaths in the Amazon and 64 altogether in Colombia, reported Tortoise Media. 


July 2020


April 2020

  • Prohibiting group gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic meant no more street demonstrations, so people tried to take protests online. Quartz explored how social organising around the world was harmed by the crisis, while national governments found ways to increase surveillance and strengthen control.


March 2020


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December 2019


November 2019


September 2019

  • Online activism tools enables the mass scaling of petitions (e.g. or the monitoring of politicians' behaviour (e.g. Such so-called "civic tech" can be a quick-and-easy way of getting people's voices heard and younger people are particularly vocal, especially when compared to older and digitally quieter generations. Disabled and mobility-impaired people who cannot attend marches also find online activism tools a helpful way to promote issues and protest inequalities.


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December 2018


November 2018


October 2018


September 2018

  • Systems change has been attracting the attention of a range of progressive charities, funders and practitioners who are interested in dealing with the root causes of social problems.
  • Labour unions are thriving in the US thanks to millennials, reported Quartz. The stigma that unions kill jobs, created by prominent “union-busters” like Ronald Reagan, has largely worn off.


August 2018

  • An Indian man filled 556 potholes in the country’s most populous city, Mumbai, over one weekend to commemorate the death of his son in a bike accident caused by poor road conditions.
  • Voltaire said of himself that he ‘wrote to act’, and he wanted his writings to change the way people thought and behaved. In leading his crusades against fanaticism, he even invented a campaign slogan, Ecrasez l’Infâme!, which translates roughly as ‘Crush the despicable!’. L’Infâme stands here for everything that Voltaire hates, everything that he had spent his life fighting: superstition, intolerance, irrational behaviour of every kind. 


July 2018