For those of you who’ve read the ‘About’ page, or if you’ve been following my blog since January, you’ll know that the number in the title indicates that this is the 296th action I’ve taken this year to try and make a difference in the world.
Some actions have been small and short-term, some have been small and long-term, whilst others have been much bigger. An e-mail I received today gave me the opportunity to complete a very small action to try and make a huge difference, this is what it said:
Today we have a global scandal on our hands, with a trail that leads to cities like London, Paris and New York. Developing countries are being deprived of a trillion dollars every year, through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement. The biggest heist you’ve never heard of is happening all around us – but we can stop it.
The leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful countries – the G20 – are meeting in Australia in November to make decisions that will affect billions of lives. ONE and our 6 million members are joining campaigners from around the world to tell them to take urgent action in four areas:
- Make information public about who owns companies and trusts so criminals can’t hide their identity from law enforcement officers.
- Make payments transparent in the oil, gas and minerals sectors so people can track where the revenues are going.
- Make sure that developing countries benefit from automatic exchange of tax information agreements so they can crack down on tax evasion.
- Open government data so citizens can hold their leaders to account.
This is where you come in. We need your help to make them listen. Between now and the G20 Summit in November, you can take different actions that put pressure on the people who have the power to stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal.
The action I’ve taken today, took 1 click to sign a petition, but if we all do it, who know what impact we can have.