World Vision launches campaign urging leaders to end world hunger
World Vision launched a global campaign today to urge G8 leaders to support policies tackling issues of hunger and food security in anticipation of the upcoming G8 Summit in May.
“A child dies from hunger-related causes every 12 seconds, and we want G8 leaders to recognize the need to act now to stop this,” said James Pedrick of World Vision’s ACT:S activism network.
World Vision advocates will take action to address leaders by sharing their vision for a “Hunger Free” world through art and activism at hungerfree.org.
“We’ve seen how this generation of activists is able to use technology as a powerful tool to influence global leaders, and we are challenging them to use their power to help eliminate global hunger and malnutrition.”
- Adding their support through Facebook. Advocates can link their Facebook profile picture to display on a wall of “Faces for a HungerFree World,” which will be compiled into a book delivered to representatives of the G8 nations.
- Creatively sharing their actions. Advocates can interactively use the website to share ideas and resources, as well as contribute creatively through uploading artwork. Contributions will be showcased in an art and activism installation that will be displayed publicly at Union Station in Washington D.C. May 17-19, before and during the G8 Summit.
- Addressing global leaders on Twitter. In the eight days leading up the G8, advocates will be equipped to take one key action each day through Tweets that call on global leaders to renew and strengthen the 2009 L’Aquila Food Security Initiative. The Initiative, in which historic food security investments were pledged by leaders at the 2009 G8 Summit, is set to expire at the end of the year.
“The G8 leaders have already agreed to do something about global hunger. Now is the time to renew and fulfill those commitments, making life-saving investments in solutions that will improve food security and reduce child malnutrition,” said Adam Taylor, World Vision’s vice president of advocacy.
“Together we have an opportunity to move many of the world’s most powerful leaders into stronger leadership for the world’s most vulnerable children.”