A lot of the world goes to bed hungry. It’s something not many in our country can imagine (although with the rise in the need of food banks perhaps more than in the past). I certainly struggle to get my head round it.
Which is partly why I am taking part in Tearfund ‘ s mean bean challenge. You can still sponsor me if you like.
The other reason is that Tearfund know what they are doing and can be trusted to use the money we all raise well.
Yesterday was the first day and it was SO HARD. I hadn’t anticipated the sugar and caffeine withdrawal and it wasn’t fun. And I was hungry. And fed up.
I mean, I’m a vegan, I eat rice, beans or both every day. And it was still really hard.
First world problems. Seriously, I’m doing this for five days and then I go back to abundance.
Unlike all those women, children and men who use all their days just to survive. No one should have to live like that. While I temporarily long for fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, spices and a nice cup of tea…
They long for the rice and beans I’m fed up with already.
I have raised money for people like Tearfund before, but this has really hit me. Imagine it was my family, my community going though this.
Although i will finish my rice and bean challenge on Friday and enjoy my Saturday porridge with koko coconut milk and dates, I won’t stop thinking about this, and putting some of my time and money into it as well.
This action and it’s blog post couldn’t be more important, I reccomend it to you:
Act 21: Global warning
Creation is in trouble. Scientists predict new global crises every other day, and our governments are under increasing pressure to do something about it. But really, much of the problem lies with us. Small things, every day, make a difference. It’s the difference between leaving a legacy of destruction and ensuring life for those who come after us.
Read today’s blog by Emma Greenwood from Liberti Magazine and pick your actions:
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I used to be the kind of average middle class citizen that believed in government and supporting our national leaders.
I have always voted and enouraged others to participate in the democratic process (and will continue to do so).
But now I am beginnjng to wonder if I even live in a democracy.
Truly, can this government get any worse? They disregard the poor, even though five months ago they said they wouldnt, ignore the mentally ill and are now showing a China like attitude to democracy.
Doesn’t this scare anyone else?
Right now our government is putting into law what we are allowed to protest or not.
And this is not just about Israel, it’s about weapons, tobacco and fossil fuels. Read this from the independent:
“Under the plan all publicly funded institutions will lose the freedom to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank….
…The only exemption will be UK-wide sanctions decided by the Government in Westminster.”
You can see the full article here:
We live in worrying times.
* September 2015 David Cameron says they won’t scrap.the funding for free school meals.
* This month news comes out that the funding for free school meals is being scrapped.
* The government’s own task force reveals the appalling state of mental health provision in our country.
for Sunday Scribblings:
We tell ourselves the lies we want to hear
and take it as the truth
rather than bear the horror
of our own inadequacies.
And the deepest fable we tell ourselves yet
is that our own prosperity is small
and others larger than they look,
so we can go on in the comfort of our heated homes
while the poor shiver in the queue for a food bank.
Ten reasons to care about inequality
I watched a program on iplayer the other day about the 14th century, called Christina: A Medieval Life.
I never used to like history at school, but now I find it truly interesting, especially when it gives you an “oh” moment… which this program did. The program documented the life of one peasant woman, and in the process, an amazing bit of English history.
There were pretty much two types of people, the rich, who had all they needed and disposable income for life’s nice things, and then there were the poor, caught in economic slavery, working for the rich before they could go home and eke some sort of existence for themselves.
Do you see my “oh” moment? Nothing has changed. The only difference is we have outsourced our economic slaves to other countries.
Others producing cheap clothes, food and luxury items, unable to pay for education, medicine or other basic needs. Just like the 14th century peasants.
It took the black death killing 1.5 million people in England alone to shake society enough to give these people freedom. I wonder what it will take for us to change?
If you are interested in this topic, try some of these links:
Stop the Traffik
The Fairtrade foundation