15 October 2008

Blog Action Day against Poverty, 15 October

I blogged about this over on my work blog today, so sorry if you read both, because I am going to repeat myself here. I think it is such an important aspect of life on this earth.
Today, October 15, bloggers unite to publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation today, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause. Blog Action Day is a nonprofit, grassroots movement of thousands of individual bloggers coming together for one cause.

The Blog Action Day asks people think about poverty and its causes, and heralds the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty which is being observed world wide on October 17.

Make Poverty History

At work we are making colleagues aware of the day by participating in STAND UP 2008 to break the Guinness World Record of over 43 million participants.

STAND UP 2008 and MAKE POVERTY HISTORY are part of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), a coalition involving about 80 countries that aims to end the injustice of poverty. It is the largest anti-poverty movement in history calling for action against poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals (a global plan to halve poverty by 2015) to be honoured. The campaign seeks to raise a powerful voice for - and with – people living in impoverished communities around the world.
Last year over 107,000 Australians took part in STAND UP contributing to the official Guinness record of 43,716,440. The movement is looking at breaking that record.

The STAND UP website contains a list of actions that participants in the campaign can take.

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