“Before you finish eating your breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on half the world. This is the way our universe is structured … We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact”
Martin Luther King
The MakePovertyHistory campaign has three principal aims, all of them equally important…
• Drop The Debt – for all countries, though particularly the G8, to stop acting like crippling loan sharks and write off Third World debt.
• Increase Government Aid – In 2000, the members of the United Nations made a series of commitments, one of which was to increase foreign aid to 0.7% of GNP, roughly speaking 70c out of every $100 earned by the average citizen, by the year 2015. Even though the G8 and other industrial nations get richer as the African countries get poorer, that commitment will not be met or even come close the way things are going.
• Fair Trade not Free Trade – The term “Free Trade” sounds perfectly legitimate if you are a Western Economist, but not so much if you are an African cotton farmer who receives no subsidies and cannot get a decent price for your product even from within your own country’s borders when the bulk of the business goes to heavily-subsidized and already-wealthy farmers from the G8.
Not only should this all be done, but it can be. Very easily. Only political will is stopping it.
Of course there are those out there who think it's all pointless, and some even who think it's an excuse to display your talents as a comedian - I think Mr Twenty Major does well to represent this opinion on his blog this morning. I think I did well to represent my own with my comments.
For more information on how you can get involved, click the white band banner at the top right. Even something as simple as sending an email constitutes “getting involved”.
Remember; this time, it is not about putting your money where your mouth is, it is about putting your VOICE where your mouth is.