Do you remember back in November I did a post about the campaign that Save the Children are running to End Extreme Hunger? Well, if you followed the link in that post to sign the petition, give yourself a pat on the back – you’re one of nearly 14,000 people to do it so far.
If you didn’t round to signing the petition last time I posted, then you can still do it on the Save the Children website now. BUT… this week, there’s another important action you can take too.
This Wednesday, a group of Save the Children campaigners are going to Downing Street to hand in the petition. I’m very excited indeed to be one of them.
It would be great to see lots of MPs talking about the campaign on that Wednesday, and asking David Cameron about it at Prime Minister’s Questions. The government has said it is fully supportive of the aims of the Charter to End Extreme Hunger. Now we need as many people as possible asking the PM to make that official and sign up to the Charter.
One of the key points of the Charter is that governments need to act before food shortages become critical threatening the lives of millions.
The warning signs were there in East Africa before the crisis began but governments didn’t react in time. If they had many more lives would have been saved.
West Africa is today on the verge of a similar food crisis.
It will only take 5 minutes today or tomorrow to email or call your MP and ask if they will join the call for action. I’ve written one letter to my own MP Peter Lilley, and heard nothing back… I’m going to follow up this afternoon with an email asking if he will speak up at PMQ this Wednesday.
If you don’t know who your MP is, you can find out very easily by entering your postcode on the website theyworkforyou.com
Please consider sharing this blog post among your networks (or writing your own), and putting some pressure on the Government to act now. Children around the world are depending on you.