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Help raise 200,000 signatures to influence the food crisis.

Submitted by on Tuesday, 29 April 2008 Loading Add to favourites  No Comment

Avaaz - the world in actionI’m not normally one for depressing posts, believing that what we focus on manifests. However I was moved by an email I received from Avaaz, so want to spend a moment spreading the word on their latest work.

Avaaz.org is a new global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want.

Recent campaigns have included climate change, peace in the Middle East, Global Justice and more recently, the world food crisis

The food crisis is still spiralling and reaching epic proportions. While you and I browse our supermarket aisles and complain about the food price increases, food riots are taking place from Bangladesh to South Africa.

As I type, according to Aid agencies, 100 million more people are at risk of starvation right now. In Sierra Leone alone the price of a bag of rice has doubled, becoming unaffordable for 90% of citizens. Fears of inflation stalk the whole world and this might be only the tip of the iceberg.

Avaaz have launched an urgent campaign for signatures to spread the message about the world food crisis. They need to raise 200,000 signatures by the end of this week (they only had 61,000 when I logged on) to deliver a massive global outcry to leaders at the UN, G8 and EU.

They are calling for immediate action on emergency food aid, speculation and biofuels policy, while asking forthcoming summits to tackle deeper problems of investment and trade.

The petition reads:
We call on you to take immediate action to address the world food crisis by mobilizing emergency funding to prevent starvation, removing perverse incentives to turn food into biofuels and managing financial speculation, and to tackle the underlying causes by ending harmful trade policies and investing massively in sustainable agricultural productivity in developing nations.

The food crisis touches us ALL, regardless of where we live or what our financial situation is. We are all connected. People on the other side of the world ARE part of our family. What we do, or don’t do, affects them all.

If you feel moved to do so, then please sign this petition by the end of this week and spread the word amongst your friends to join you.

But please, once you’ve signed the petition and shared it with friends, focus on a positive outcome. Don’t be drawn by the media into the depths of despair. The Universe responds to our every thought and belief. So visualise and believe in a world that is full of justice, love and abundance for all. See your brothers and sisters on the other side of the world with enough food to eat and in good health.

And remember to give a blessing to Mother Nature before your next meal for all that she gives us 😉

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