Scandalously, in this world we share that is so productive, so advanced, so developed, one in eight people still go hungry. There are two million children who die needlessly every year from malnutrition.
IF we share a vision of the world we want to see rather than accepting the status quo; IF we don’t sit idly by, but instead make some noise, raise our voices together, kick up some fuss and say ‘we won’t accept this’. IF we campaign together, for a world where everyone has enough to eat.
There are many reasons for global hunger; the biggest of which are entirely solvable. This year there is a big opportunity to do just this, with David Cameron chairing the G8 – a gathering of the world’s most influential leaders – in June, a Global Hunger Summit in the summer and proposals in the UK’s March Budget to provide more aid for the hungry and to stop companies dodging their fair share of tax.
This is why ActionAid UK and all the largest international charities have got together this year for the Enough Food for Everyone…IF campaign. The coalition is asking our leaders to act in four clear ways. We can end hunger….
- IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves.
- IF we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger.
- IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
- IF we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
When enough people stood together in the American Civil Rights movement, racism in America began to crumble. When enough people stood together in Gleneagles at the 2005 G8 Summit, governments across the world made commitments to end poverty they would otherwise have ducked. When enough people followed Mahatma Ganhdi on his 240-mile ‘salt march’ across India, his people took a huge step forward in claiming their freedom. IF enough people stand together this year to protest the injustice of a world in which where you are born determines whether or not you have enough to eat, we can prevent millions from dying needlessly.
It all starts today, with huge campaign launch events across the country, including at Somerset House, London where we’ll be live-streaming the event. You can watch at www.enoughfoodif.org and join the conversation on Twitter at #IF and @EnoughFoodIF.
It can start for you today too. Join the IF campaign now.
I feel privileged to be a part of history by being involved in the IF campaign and I hope that you will join me. Here’s to an amazing, exciting, challenging, scary, inspiring, world changing year ahead.