Warming up for the G8

6 June, 2013 | GROW, Health and Education For All

There's enough food in the world to feed everyone. So why does one person in every eight still go to bed hungry?

This month, eight people will meet in Northern Ireland - and they can start to answer this one question. 



These eight people are leaders of some of the world’s most powerful countries – the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the UK. They'll be together at the G8 Summit on June 17th and 18th and the decisions they'll make will get the world closer to bringing an end to hunger. 



We're calling on these 8 people to lead by example; to do all they could to put us on a path that will end the scandal of global hunger. Specifically, G8 leaders must set some rules on two of the big drivers of hunger; on tax dodging and land grabs.

Rules that will have positive impact on the citizens of their own countries and the lives of the worlds’ poorest people. 



Ending tax dodging for good


Join us in asking the G8 to put a stop to a tax system that allows rich companies and individuals to avoid paying their fair share in tax, while the world’s poorest struggle to make a living. Governments are letting people hide at least $18.5 trillion in offshore tax havens. Yes, you read that right - 18.5 trillion.

And another $160 billion is lost from developing countries ever year because of companies dodging taxes. Altogether that’s enough to put an end to extreme poverty many times over. 

By holding their money in offshore tax havens, and moving profit around to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, rich companies and individuals pay little or no tax - while hard working people in the poorest countries often struggle to survive.



Stopping land grabs for good

Stop land grabs


Call on the G8 to tackle the land grabs that rob the world’s poorest of their homes and the land they need for food and shelter. 

Big land deals are tearing whole communities apart.

This June, G8 leaders must do more to stop land grabs that leave people hungry and homeless. In the last decade 203 million hectares of land has been bought in developing countries. Land grabs that damage the lives of the poorest need to stop. 


Join us this weekend 


Today, thousands of people across the world are joining together for a Global Day Of Action against hunger. There's a huge and exciting event taking place in London tomorrow where crowds of inspired citizens will demand that the G8 leaders step up and tackle global hunger.

Campaigners around the world – from school-children in Bangladesh and bike riders in Indonesia to activists in Italy and South Africa – will urge world leaders to take decisive action on hunger.

Your face on the big screen!

Even if you can't be there in person, you can use your social media profile to get your face up on the big screen in London's Hyde Park - join in here. You'll even get a great image sent to you showing your profile pic up on the screens in London! Help to spread the word on social media and please use our global #food4all to get the message out there!

Spread the word

Please share these graphics on social media to spread the word and ensure that G8 leaders play their part in ending tax dodging and closing tax havens at this year's G8 Summit on June 17th and 18th.

Tell them that you won’t stand for the unjust tax dodging practices of the global elite.

Ending tax dodging in India could feed all hungry people there. And much more.
Ending tax dodging could end extreme poverty
Ending tax dodging in Indondesia could feed 3.5 million families there. And much more.

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