Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Band Substance

It ocurred to me, after a comment from Anne, that although many of us in the blogosphere are sporting our white bands for MAKE POVERTY HISTORY we are not saying exactly HOW we want people to do that. Of course if every single person in the First World bought a band and thus made a donation to Oxfam that would do a lot to help those trapped in poverty but that's not what this is all about.

The MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign encapsulates the whole campaign in NINE WORDS:

Trade Justice. Drop the debt. More and better aid.

The MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign is not about raising money but about calling on the governments of the rich countries of the world to commit themselves to levelling the playing field.

By wearing a white band or putting a band on your blog you will be showing that you have joined a worldwide network of people including the likes of Nelson Mandela who have made a statement to the G7 finance ministers or written Tony Blair demanding that he use his influence to put world poverty on the international agenda.

It's not a fashion statement. It's a STATEMENT

Trade Justice. Drop the debt. More and better aid.

1 comment:

Tash said...

I've been wearing my white band for a while - I didn't know you could get one for your blog. Wow! Thanks for the tip! I enjoy reading your site. I'm a Christian, albeit a struggling one at the moment but I like your honesty and openess (is that a word?!) when it comes to talking about your faith. Good on you!