Many of you will remember the G8 leaders coming to Edinburgh in 2005 and the whole Make Poverty History campaign that was used in the run up to it. The aim was to keep poverty on the political agenda and 225,000 of us marched around the streets of Edinburgh to make sure the G8 knew we were watching. Bob Geldof organised Live 8 and there was a general mood optimism that things could be different.
There has been some progress on making the world a fairer place but organisations like Oxfam and Christian Aid still believe there is much more to do.
In 2013 the G8 are coming to the UK again and the UK’s biggest aid agencies are planning to keep the goal of ending abject poverty on the world leaders’ agenda.
This year the campaign is called “Enough for Everyone if…” and the campaign has a number of objectives that they believe will help bring about an end to poverty.
The coalition believes that there is that there is Enough Food For Everyone IF:
- we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
- governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
- we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
- governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
You can find more details about the campaign on the Enough Food for Everyone IF website but we particularly enjoyed this video produced by the campaigners:
The big event will be on June 8th in London so get the date in your diary now.
Of course, here at Ethical Superstore we are working hard to be part of the solution to poverty too. A number of our suppliers and partners including Liberation, Divine Chocolate, Pants To Poverty, Traidcraft and Fairtrade Foundation are members of the coalition. Buying fair trade goods and supporting organic agriculture are actions we can all take that will help to reduce poverty and allow people the dignity of earning a fair wage for their labour.Google+