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Journey 4 Day 7 – Live below the line

06 May

This week as a family we are going to scale back our food consumption in order for us to reflect and be thankful. From 7th – 11th May we are taking part in ‘Live below the line

The challenge?

Spend 5 days feeding yourself with £1 a day – the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line.

The reason?

To give us glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day and who have to make £1 cover a lot more than food.

Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty.

Poverty is a complex thing. The complexity of needs, systems, root problems, corruption, environment and many factors make it that way. The key thing for me to be reminded of within that complexity is also that poverty is personal, its about people, relationships and human needs. A point brilliantly articulated in this excellent report on human flourishing in the context of development.

Poverty is also simply wrong, unjust and deeply unfair and not how God intended the world he created to be. We should be both encouraged and also challenged about the possibility of playing our part in helping to end extreme global poverty. This brilliant film highlights the potential and possibility of how collectively our actions and attitudes can and already are making a difference. Yes, The challenge is huge but the progress made in the past 25 years is also huge. Could we also see that progress continue over the next 25 years?

Live below the line, buying fair trade produce, thinking about how we invest time and money, taking campaign actions and many more things may seem like small steps, but if we take them regularly and encourage others to as well we help build a rhythm and momentum of change. Contributing to the change that Dr Scott Todd says is possible in the film.

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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Generosity, Journey 4

 

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