I haven't blogged in awhile - life has been pretty busy - but I have received two emails this week from the ONE campaign regarding the global hunger crisis. For many different reasons, which you can read about here, food prices are rising drastically all over the world and it's causing riots in places like Haiti and various Sub-Saharan Africa countries. More alarmingly, rising food prices mean those with little to no income to begin with are falling more and more deeply into chronic hunger, starvation, and malnutrition. Read more about it here.
The ONE campaign is gathering electronic signatures to lobby President Bush and the other members of the G8 to address what is being called the "Silent Tsunami" at their upcoming meetings in July. To add your signature to the list, click on the link below.
This is a huge issue. Our staff in Haiti had to evacuate their office for several days and an intern was evacuated because of safety concerns in the face of intense rioting. It's also a complicated issue, the result not only of rising fuel costs, but also natural disasters (increased famine & drought), greater demand for biofuels, and rising standards of living that lead to increased demand for grain and grain-fed meat. Take some time to learn about it here, and then take action. The ONE campaign has several other related issues they're lobbying Congress and the President to address; those can be found here.