Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Monday, January 17, 2005

Make Poverty History

The "MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY.ORG" banner you should be able to see at the top left of this page is there for a reason. Clicking on it will take you to the Make Poverty History website, where they make it nice and easy for you to send an email to Tony Blair, urging him to do something about the fact that 30,000 people are dying every day as a result of needless poverty.

The site also tells you how you can get your hands on a groovy, white band to show that you support the cause.

UPDATE: Click here to read an excellent post from Mike Treder on the Responsible Nanotechnology blog about the role that both media and technology could potentially play in the prevention of poverty.

Mike quotes from this insightful article by Michael Lerner:

'Imagine if every single day there were headlines in every newspaper in the world and every television show saying: "29,000 children died yesterday from preventable diseases and malnutrition" and then the rest of the stories alternated between detailed personal accounts of families where this devastation was taking place, and sidebar features detailing what was happening in advanced industrial countries, like this: "all this suffering was happening while the wealthiest people in the world enjoyed excesses of food, worried about how to lose weight because they eat too much, spent money trying to convince farmers not to grow too much food for fear that doing so would drive down prices, and were cutting the taxes of their wealthiest rather than seeking to redistribute their excess millions of dollars of personal income."'

Powerful stuff!


  • Its a great campaign, but aren't the "groovy white bands" made in China. Does the campaign not stretch to sweatshops?

    By Anonymous Sarah, at 2:13 PM  

  • Are they made in China? Do you have any more details? Maybe you could send them an email and ask. I'd be interested to know what response you get.

    By Blogger beev, at 5:11 PM  

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