“We are confronted with the fierce
urgency of now. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...
Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations
are written the pathetic words: too late.” Martin Luther King Jr
It’s time to take a new look at how to change the world.
Many people taking individual actions – signing a petition, giving to
charity, recycling,– is important. But can it really make the
difference needed to combat injustice and control a rapidly changing
Who really has the power to change the world?
And what can you really do to help?
This little book sets out some of the biggest challenges facing the world today and shows you how to use the power you
have in the fight for positive change. It invites you to become part of
a movement of people who believe that inequality can and should be
Before it’s too late.
The urgency of now is essential reading for development,
international politics, economics, and business students, activists and
campaigners, and anyone interested in globalisation or development
issues. In fact it’s for anyone with a questioning mind.
The urgency of now is based on analysis and arguments presented in Oxfam International’s flagship publication, From Poverty to Power.