Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Back to School with Some Helpful Facts: Everyone can Help
According to Oxfam" The $8.42 trillion promised by rich country governments to bailout banks would be enough to end global extreme poverty for 50 years and a massive step towards ending it forever."
More than one billion people - approximately 1/6 of the world's population are hungry. And every day nearly 16,000 children die from hunger and related causes. We have the resources to feed the world. We just need the will. Learn about global hunger and what you can do to help.
World Hunger Facts:
•1.02 billion people in the world are hungry.
•1 billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day.
"World Development Indicators 2007." The World Bank.
•27 percent of children under 5 are moderately to severely underweight in the developing world. ("State of the World's Children 2007.)
•Nearly one in three people die prematurely or have disabilities due to poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies.
"Malnutrition." (World Health Organization (WHO))
•One in nearly seven people do not get enough food to be healthy, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide.
UN World Food Programme
We know that the UN estimates that the cost to End World Hunger
It's less than 1% of the world's GDP or about $195 billion a year.
"Twenty-two countries have pledged to donate this money by contributing 0.7% -- less than 1% -- of national income to international aid, but the goal has yet to be reached. Five countries have already met the goal, while others are on target to meet it in a few years. Some, including the U.S.are lagging"
We could all help--there is one program that allows you to support the end world poverty cause by providing a donation everytime you swipe your card with zero cost to you! The End World Poverty offer is worth checking out.
But don't let the politicians off the hook. According to open democracy, "The US was in 2008 ranked seventeenth out of twenty-two rich states in the Center for Global Development's "commitment to development" index (CDI), which measures how far these countries help their poorer counterparts in building prosperity, good government, and security. There is big scope for improvement, but amid recession and large-scale unemployment there will also be big temptations (including protectionist temptations) to lapse"
Don't let them lapse! Remind your politicians of their commitments!