"We can change the world in our own lives": Archbishop's video message for the IF campaign
Saturday 8th June 2013Watch Archbishop Justin's video message for the launch of the IF campaign against hunger
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out in support of a campaign encouraging world leaders to tackle hunger, saving the millions of lives it claims each year.
Archbishop Justin spoke via video to thousands gathered in Hyde Park today to launch the IF campaign, of which the Church of England is a member. The IF campaign is made up of more than 200 charities, faith groups and organisations. The campaign is urging G8 leaders to take big steps that will tackle the global injustice of hunger.
He said: “We’ve come to celebrate the opportunity we have to end hunger in our lifetimes. The only way that’s going to happen is by mass movements of people, like yourselves, getting together”.
At the rally, featuring a range of inspirational speakers, a symbol created with children’s spinning flowers was a powerful reminder of the two million children who die of hunger each year.
The Archbishop said we can celebrate the fact that in the UK we commit 0.7% of our national income to foreign aid. But he added: “I encourage you, keep the pressure on. We can change the world in our own lives.”
Earlier in the day Archbishop Justin addressed an ecumenical church service at Methodist Central Hall via video to mark the commitment of the faith communities to ending hunger.
“In many parts of the world, the churches are the most effective networks, through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively and without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries,” he said.
In the message he reflected on issues of aid, tax and transparency on the G8 agenda, concluding: “My prayer would be that in this country and across the world, that we are deeply committed to enabling people to be self-sustaining, so that global hunger can be ended in our lifetimes.”
The events in London began the IF campaign journey to the G8 Summit at Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
About the IF campaign
Two million children around the world die each year from hunger. Although there is enough food for everyone, one in eight people do not have enough to eat. This year, the IF campaign calls on world leaders to tackle hunger and save millions of lives.
The G8 can take three big steps towards ending hunger IF they:
· Clamp down on tax havens and launch a convention on tax transparency to stop the flow of billions of pounds out of developing countries – money that could be used to end hunger.
· Help poor countries make sure that everyone, especially children, have enough nutritious food to eat and support poor families to grow their own food.
· Give people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not fuel.