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a moral obligation

Save our planet Earth.:

As I focus more on the year ahead, my heart tells me that the struggle is going to be long and hard. That doesn’t bother me. What concerns me most is that we may be too divided to work together for what is best for all of us.

The real debate, as DiCaprio stated back in 2014, is not about partisan politics. The real focus has to be about coming together to address and confront those issues affecting all of our global family. This is a moral obligation that I am not sure we are capable of meeting.

liberation theology

liberation theology:

What we do for others, we do for ourselves.

All of us are part of one human family. And we are all bound to our four-legged and winged family as well. In fact all living beings are connected on this beautiful planet we call home.

This coming year is a new opportunity to be aware of how all life is connected. It’s a new chance to live in gratitude and deep appreciation for the gifts we have been given. This new year is a time for us to  save ourselves by saving each other as we all work together to save our planet.

 

a good definition of theft

Amassing wealth is morally indefensible in a world where poverty and hunger still stalks millions. Why do we still respect and look up to those who flaunt their wealth with lavish lifestyles when sharing that wealth could be saving countless lives?

Justice in today’s world means sharing with those in need, caring for those suffering, and living as a global family. Amassing wealth is just the opposite.

the magic glass

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The Pope is saying is that “Trickle Down” economics doesn’t work. There is no trickle down.

The poor and hungry deserve justice. That doesn’t mean charity and the scraps off our groaning tables. And it doesn’t mean sympathy and our old clothes that are no longer in style.

What God wants, and what the least among us need is for us to love each other as we have first been loved. When we love each other as we claim to love God there will be no need for empty promises.

We are all one global family. We just need to act like it.

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

Here is the opening paragraph of Sir Gordon Conway’s latest book, One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? Conway is Professor of International Development at Imperial College in London and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on global food needs.

Hunger (from the Old English hungor) is an evocative, old Germanic word meaning “unease or pain caused by lack of food, craving appetite, debility from lack of food.” In the developed countries it is a feeling of slight discomfort when a meal is late or missed. By contrast, in the developing countries hunger is a chronic problem. Television images convey the realities of hunger—emaciated and starving children–in war-torn countries or in the aftermath of droughts, floods or other calamities. Yet for a billion people—men, women, and children–hunger in the developing countries is a day-to-day occurrence, both persistent and widespread.

The book goes on to lay out the formidable challenges of feeding our global family by 2050. Yet, at the same time, he reminds us that there are reasons for optimism, as well. The book is based on evidenced-based proposals for sustainable methods of feeding the hungry. Linking evidence to policy and action, One Billion Hungry is both inspirational and pragmatic.

As Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID states in the book’s forward, Gordon’s new book like his Doubly Green Revolution, is an invaluable voice in the fight against hunger.

ending hunger isn’t about numbers

The acute deadly hunger experienced during famines haunts us. The emotional images of dead and dying children, wasted bodies, empty and haunted eyes and seemingly endless lines of hungry waiting for a meager ration of life-sustaining food scream out for action. No one who has seen images of such suffering can easily forget them.

But such graphic and horrifying images often mask an even greater tragedy. That’s right. Hunger has another face. That other face is the daily hunger and under-nutrition suffered by 850 million of our human family. This is chronic hunger, the hunger that never goes away. This is the hunger that never ceases stalking the poor.

This is the hunger that never makes the evening news. It’s the invisible hunger. And it’s the hunger that kills far more than famines.

Chronic hunger is a killer.  And like any killer, chronic hunger leaves in its wake anguish for the innocent victims. Chronic hunger leaves in its wake grieving parents.  Chronic hunger leaves and emptiness that can never be filled.

Also, like any killer, chronic hunger also instills fear. Those stalked by chronic hunger live with a fear that never goes away.

The poor, the powerless, the hungry live in a world of abundant resources, yet they are refused access. The hungry of our family are forced to live in a world of anguish, grief and constant fear.

Ending hunger is not about numbers. It’s about basic morality. It’s about living faithfully as part of a global family.

We know we can eradicate chronic hunger. The real question is if we are faithful enough to do it. I guess in the end it all comes down to priorities, doesn’t it?

 

Right to Food

Most of us are so blessed we take it for granted that we can always count on having food on our table. Our supermarkets are just that, super in every sense of the word. Shelves are well-stocked with a variety of fresh food, fruit and vegetables that most of the world cannot even begin to imagine. Restaurants abound, and all of them bustle with business.

We take for granted what most of our global family will never get to enjoy. For most of the world providing enough food for each day is an almost insurmountable challenge. Even though the 2013 Millennium Development Report shows that absolute poverty has already been cut in half, there are still close to 850 million affected by hunger and malnutrition. There’s at least a billion more of our family forced to live on substandard diets.

In 2000 the United Nations Commission on Human Rights established the position of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. For the last six years the position has been held by Dr. Olivier De Schutter. His final report, released last month, states that paradigm of industrial agriculture as the single major obstacle to achieving global food security.

He agrees that agricultural productivity has increased and has significantly helped to  reduce extreme hunger over the past 50 years. But he also points out that glaring inequalities still persist in food distribution. Women and children are still greatly disadvantaged, while over two billion people suffer from “hidden hunger,” the lack of critical micro-nutrients such as iodine, vitamin A and iron.

Ending the obscenity of global hunger requires all of us to take responsibility for allowing such glaring inequities to exist. We have to be far more vocal and far more forceful in demanding that the right to food be honored for all our human family. We can end hunger in our lifetime, but only if we work together to make it happen. .