Even it up! is the new campaign from Oxfam international that launched last week. It follows their research earlier this year that showed that 85 people have as much wealth as half of humanity. 7 out of ten people people live in countries where in-country inequality is rising. As Oxfam argue, this is not inevitable.
It’s hard to escape the issue of inequality at the moment. There’s a rising recognition that letting the gap between rich and poor endlessly run has consequences. More and more people are getting that, but so far there’s been far more talk than action. No political party has really taken hold of the issue, despite the upcoming election. It still feels under-reported, crowded out by angrier but arguably far less urgent issues. I feel like we’ve been waiting for a campaign that kicks the debate a step further, moving from tutting about injustice to looking at what can practically be done about it. Perhaps this is it.
I’ve downloaded the new report to read on the train this week. In the meantime, here’s the introductory video: