Come to London and End Global Hunger
Catholics across the South West are set to support CAFOD on June 8 at an unmissable Hyde Park event, challenging world leaders to secure a fairer global food system.
The Enough Food For Everyone … IF event will increase pressure on Cameron’s Government to use the UK presidency of the G8 to start to bring about an end to hunger.
From left to right: Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, at the launch of the IF campaign 2013. MP’s and Peers attended the parliamentary launch of the IF campaign in the State Rooms of Speakers House, Palace of Westminster. London, UK.
CAFOD will stand alongside representatives of 150 other UK-based organisations in the coalition calling for world leaders to take urgent action. The day will consist of faith services and other activities across the capital, yet to be disclosed.
The event which hopes to attract tens of thousands to Central London and spread its messages to millions across the nation, begins a period of action targeting the G8 summit which meets in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland just ten days later. As the UK has the G8 Presidency, campaigners hope that as host, David Cameron will have a significant voice in the discussion, which has the potential to be a landmark step in the journey towards ending global hunger.
CAFOD has launched its Hungry For Change campaign which contributes to the IF campaign, together encouraging the G8 leaders to act on big issues that mean many people do not get enough food. The aim is to empower small-scale farmers to keep their land and survive economically by overriding the injustices stemming from tax evasion and human rights breaches. Companies dodge ten million pounds in tax in Africa each day. CAFOD believes this is a scandal and that companies should be brought to account.
CAFOD Manager for Plymouth, Simon Giarchi, said: “In a world where there is enough food for everyone, but where the life chances of 937 million young people will be damaged by the impact of childhood hunger by 2025, change could not be needed more.
“Thousands of Catholics up and down the country have already signed up to CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign calling for fundamental changes in the global food system. We can make a difference again if we stand together and take action. Joining Enough Food for Everyone IF means that the campaigning strength and the incredible commitment of our supporters and volunteers will play a vital part in this joint campaign.”
At his inaugural mass, newly elected Pope Francis pleaded all of us to play our part in the Body of Christ. As he addressed world leaders and those gathered at St Peter’s he said “I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life … to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.”
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