Saturday, March 12, 2005

MSM gets around to what I've been sayin'

Back on January 24, 2005 I threw down the gauntlet for Christians to stand up and notice the absolute poverty (not relative poverty) in the world. I firmly believe that the greatest moral challenge of our day is global poverty. The disparity of wealth and utter lack of regard that developed nations have for anyone who isn't in their interest is appalling.

Apparently, the MSM media has taken the time to stand up and notice. If you are near a newsstand, pick up the latest copy of Time magazine. They have taken on the The End of Poverty as their cover story. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Millenium Development Goals, writes an impassioned plea with hard economic facts about the toll that absolute poverty takes on the world and on individual lives. Sachs writes, "More than 8 million people around the world die each year because they are too poor to stay alive."

Sachs' solutions are very simple and have been used as the springboard for the MakePoveryHistory campaign. The world as a whole needs to do the following things; commit to the task, adopt a plan of action, raise the voice of the poor, redeem the U.S. role in the world, rescue the IMF and World Bank, strengthen the UN, harness global science, promote sustainable development, make a personal commitment.

You may not agree with everything Sachs offers as a solution, but Christians cannot sit idley by and let 1,000,000,000 people try to survive on less than $1 a day. Head on over to MakePoveryHistory and sign up to help. Simple tasks like a wearing a white bracelet, white band on your website and a letter or phone call could help to make 2005 a breakthrough year for alleviation of absolute poverty.

Still think aid doesn't work? Check out this post that blows apart many of the incorrect assumptions of foreign aid.