This Sunday, David Cameron is marking the end of the Olympics with a meeting of over 40 heads of state and dignitaries to talk about global hunger. It’s a good thing this is happening.
While the attention of the world’s media is still on us we need to keep up the pressure and draw attention to the issues that really matter, like the fact that 1 in 7 people go hungry every day (not that I haven’t been enjoying the swimming).
To show that people want governments to take action, and that we need more than one meeting, we handed in over 640,000 petition signatures on Friday morning to Number 10 along with Oxfam, Avaaz, Concern, Save the Children, Act4Africa, Unicef UK and ONE. Quite bizarrely, at pretty much the exact moment David Cameron was stepping out. If you were one of the people who signed the petition thank you! I can safely say you’re message was delivered straight to the PM.
To really make the changes that are going to have an impact on people’s lives, we need to address the root causes of poverty, like the rush for biofuels that’s pushing up global food prices, and we need the government to continue to raise the issue of hunger with other world leaders by prioritising it at next year’s G8 meeting. We’ll be keeping up the pressure to make sure this is the start, not the end of tackling global hunger.