Today is World Food Day.
World Food Day is a global initiative started by the UN in 1945 and has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
To mark the occasion this year, Tearfund have put together this excellent video below. Please do watch it and find out how ships can help feed the hungry…
I’ve ripped the next bit straight from Tearfund’s website, but I’m hoping they won’t mind:
“Climate change is making people hungry,” says Ben Niblett, our Head of Campaigns. “The UK church has an opportunity to speak up for justice, as the Bible tells us to, and tell our governments to stop stalling and do something for the millions of people who go to bed hungry each night all over the world.”
This World Food Day, Tearfund is calling on the UK government to find new money to help some of the poorest people in the world adapt to climate change.
This animation, voiced by Tamsin Greig, is based on the real-life experiences of farmers in some of the world’s poorest communities. “When the weather is good, I have produce to sell. But this year the harvest wasn’t good because of the flash floods,” says Silas Ndayisaba, a farmer from Rwanda. “The weather is less predictable and the drought means that we have a lot less food.”
We work through local churches and partner organisations in some of the world’s most drought and flood affected communities to help them adapt and continue to grow food in erratic weather. But the tools and technologies that could help feed hungry people come at a price that churches, local governments and organisations cannot afford.
Join our campaign and ask Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, to champion a shipping levy at the UN climate change talks in December that could help reduce food prices and help poor communities feed themselves.
Click here to take action.
I’ve emailed my MP today. It only took me 3 minutes. Why don’t you do the same?
You can also find out a lot more about all of this by clicking here.