Di and I went along with Ben, Sarah and Chey to the launch of the Micah Challenge in Brisbane last night. The Micah Challenge is basically a worldwide Christian organisation getting behind the Millenium Development Goals that all 191 UN Nations have pledged to meet by 2015.
The Micah Challenge, along with the 'Make Poverty History' campaign and events like the Live8 concerts are all trying to raise awareness and put enough pressure on the governments of the world to keep the commitments they've already made to getting rid of poverty. At the moment, most countries are lagging behind their goals. Australia is one of the worst. It's pathetic... they know what needs to be done, it's not going to make a shred of difference to our wealth, but our government is not doing it!
SO - if you could spare a few moments, please
- Email John Howard about this
- Sign the 'Make Poverty History' pledge
- Write to your MP (Fortunately our guy, Kevin Rudd is on board with this. UNfortunately, his party is not the government at the moment!)
- Check out all these websites and learn more about it!
PS Yes, the time is right - this WAS written at 4:54am... I couldn't sleep.