Making Poverty History?

February 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

Last Thursday I trotted along to hear an excellent talk on poverty by Lindsey Pearson, the Yorkshire Regional Manager of Christian Aid. She emphasised climate change and the effect it’s having on farmers in the (not very) developing world. She reminded us that the people who suffer most from climate change are the ones who’ve done least to cause it…though of course she was preaching to the converted in my pew!

 The subject matter was necessarily upsetting – the cycle of violent flood and drought in Burkina Faso makes our little weather problems seem so trivial. The single most depressing moment, for me, was when she asked us whether we thought global poverty could be overcome. My hand was one of the few to be raised! We happy few are in good company – Ban Ki Moon is on record as saying that there is a clear and achievable solution. But oh, how bad is it if even the majority of people in Hope Baptist Chapel think that we’re stuck with calamitous poverty!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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