The 'IF' campaign
In the last few weeks, Squarefish youth group have been learning about the 'IF' campaign, a joint campaign between Christian Aid and many other charities. The premise of this campaign is simple: "IF there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, WHY are 1 in 8 people living with the pain of hunger?"
The IF campaign tells us that ‘the world produces enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough to eat’. In Squarefish, we looked at some teachings of Jesus, including Luke 3:11, where Jesus says that anyone with food should share with those who are hungry. We're not doing very well at this at the moment! IF gives us four simple points to consider;
we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
As a way to show the UK government that we care about world hunger and that it’s an issue we want them to tackle, IF encouraged young people throughout the country to decorate a paper plate. On our plates, we wrote reasons why world hunger shouldn’t be ignores, and things we thought could be done to solve it. Our plates, along with more than 30,000 others, were dropped onto the laps of David Cameron and other officials recently, just before the G8 Summit, to show them how many people care about this issue.
For more information, watch the video below or go to www.enoughfoodif.org.