Could you live of £1 a day for 5 days? for Food and Drink?
Do you really think so?
1.4 billion people round the world live off less than £1-00 a day - a fifth of the world population. (And that includes for them transport and clothing as well)
In May thousands of people round the world who normally much eat more are going to be living off £1-00 a day in solidarity with the poor, in order to raise awareness (including their own) and in order to get sponsorship for various charities.
Could you rise to this challenge? Do you think it is possible?
(The president of Methodist Conference and other important people took part last year.
We would like a group of CEL people to do this.. maybe we could act as a team.
Or maybe you could find more people to do it in your church or school or workplace.
Live Below the Line is a campaign that's changing the way people think about poverty—and making a huge difference—by challenging everyday people to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for 5 days.
I asked MRDF if some of the projects (which sponsor money goes to) are environmental projects.
Helen Whitall replied:-
Some examples of our poverty reduction work that is benefitting the environment, which you may be interested in telling other CEL members about, are our work in Latin America and Ethiopia.
In Latin America, we work with partners in Guatemala and El Salvador who are training local people in permacultural farming practices. This allows them to improve and diversify their incomes, whilst reducing their dependence on fertilisers, is making them more resilient to natural disasters such as landslides, as the techniques are designed to protect their land, and is also improving the local biodiversity, which has in the past suffered greatly from forest clearance to make way for large monoculture crop plantations.
In Ethiopia, our partner works in the Wof Washa Forest in the Ethiopian Highlands. They have created forest user groups to ensure that the forest is used sustainably, and are actively helping the local people to diversify their incomes around the forest to reduce pressure on it, as well as working to re-forest areas that have been cleared in the past with native tree species. In addition, they are training farmers in how to reclaim degraded farmland and prevent soil loss, which means that farmers no longer need to encroach on the forest for farmland.