An Issue of a Choice

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An Issue of a Choice

  1.  
  2. Are you hungry ?
  3.  
  4. Do you know how many people feel hungry now?
  5. Believe it or not,
  6. more than 1,000,000,000 people worldwide are suffering from hunger
  7.  
  8. right here on this planet,
  9. right now at this moment.
  10. One percent of them
  11. die
  12. of hunger and malnutrition each year.
  13. So how do we help them?
  14.  
  15. <ul><li>At a side event of the World Food Summit: five years later, in June 2002, the FAO Secretariat presented a draft outline for an Anti Hunger Programme, a strategic, cost-effective framework for national and international action to reduce hunger through agricultural and rural development and wider access to food. </li></ul><ul><li>According to this proposal, public investment of US$24 billion a year would be enough to jump-start an accelerated campaign against hunger that could reach the WFS goal. Taken in perspective, the price tag is startlingly low, dwarfed by the more than US$300 billion that the OECD nations transferred to support their own agriculture in 2001. As the economist Jeffrey Sachs has pointed out, in comparison to a global economy measured in the trillions, US$24 billion could be considered a “rounding error”, representing barely five cents for every US$100 of income. </li></ul><ul><li>And the payoff would be impressively high. FAO has estimated that achieving the WFS goal would yield at least US$120 billion per year in benefits as a result of longer, healthier and more productive lives for several hundred million people freed from hunger. </li></ul><ul><li>----- The State of Food Insecurity in the World (2002) </li></ul>
  16. They just need 24 billion dollars each year .
  17. Unfortunately, the total expenditure of World Food Programme
  18. who provided food for 102.1 million people in 78 countries in 2008
  19. was only US$3.72 billion in that year.
  20. Do you think that 24 billion dollars is a huge amount of money?
  21. I don’t think so.
  22. If every country
  23. gave
  24. less than 0.05 percent of its GDP in 2008,
  25.  
  26. there would be 24 billion dollars.
  27. If every government of countries
  28. gave
  29. less than 2 percent of its military expenditure in 2008,
  30.  
  31. there would be 24 billion dollars.
  32. If every company whose name was in Forbes Global 2000 list
  33. gave
  34. a bit more than 1 percent of its profits in 2008,
  35.  
  36. there would be 24 billion dollars.
  37. If every citizen of developed countries and territories
  38. gave
  39. less than 2 dollars of his or her income once a month in 2008,
  40.  
  41. there would be 24 billion dollars.
  42. But they didn’t,
  43. or
  44. most of them didn’t.
  45. So this is not a technological issue.
  46.  
  47. This is not an economic issue.
  48.  
  49. This is even not a political issue,
  50.  
  51. but a moral issue.
  52. Do you believe it?
  53. Are you still sitting there and doing nothing for this?
  54. If your conscience allows you to do so,
  55. what do you think the difference is
  56. between you and this man?
  57.  
  58. He killed more ?
  59. I don’t think so.
  60. People more than those who died in World War II
  61.  
  62. starved to death in the last decade .
  63. People more than those who died in the Holocaust
  64.  
  65. starve to death each year .
  66. People more than three times of those who died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  67.  
  68. starve to death each month .
  69. People more than eight times of those who died in 9.11
  70.  
  71. starve to death each day .
  72. One person
  73. who just wishes for some food
  74. starves to death each three seconds .
  75. Most of those starved people
  76. are children
  77.  
  78. under five years old.
  79. What made those children starved?
  80. Natural disasters ?
  81.  
  82. Wars ?
  83.  
  84. The global food crisis ?
  85.  
  86. I don’t think so.
  87. Our indifference killed the children.
  88. This is an issue of a choice .
  89. As a member of this cold society,
  90. what do you choose to do?
  91. To save
  92.  
  93. or to kill ?
  94.  
  95. You can donate money, food or whatever you can donate to World Food Programme.
  96. Even if you don’t have the power or money ,
  97. you can go to www.thehungersite.com and www.freerice.com to give free food.
  98. You can go to www.wfp.org , www.fao.org , and www.ifad.org to learn more.
  99. You can tell all those things you learned to your family, friends, strangers and whoever you can speak to…
  100. Just believe it, there are many things you can do .
  101. Just do something
  102. from now on .
  103. The dying children
  104.  
  105. can’t wait.
  106. Presentation design by Xueyang Wang
  107. <ul><li>Notes: Data sources </li></ul><ul><li>Number of hungry people: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/20872/icode </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people die from hunger and related causes: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fao.org/mdg/55978/en </li></ul><ul><li>The expenditure of WFP in 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wfp.org/wfp-numbers </li></ul><ul><li>The world’s GDP: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/01/weodata/download.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>The Global military expenditure: </li></ul><ul><li>http://books.sipri.org/index_html?c_category_id=1 </li></ul>
  108.  
  109.  
  110. <ul><li>SIPRI military expenditure figures are based on information available in open sources, primarily supplied by governments. They represent a low estimate; the true level of military spending is certainly higher , due to omitted countries and items of spending. Nonetheless, SIPRI estimates capture the great majority of global military spending and accurately represent overall trends. </li></ul><ul><li>-----SIPRI YEARBOOK 2009 </li></ul>
  111. <ul><li>The total profits of Forbes Global 2000 (add all positive </li></ul><ul><li>numbers in “Profits”) : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.forbes.com/2004/03/24/04f2000land.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.forbes.com/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/18/06f2000_The- Forbes-2000_Prof.html http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/18/biz_07forbes2000_The-Global-2000_Prof.html http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/18/biz_2000global08_The-Global-2000_Prof.html http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/18/global-09_The-Global-2000_Prof.html </li></ul>
  112.  
  113. <ul><li>List of developed countries and territories: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_income_economy </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people died in World War II: </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people died in the Holocaust: </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people died in 9.11: </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks </li></ul>
  114. <ul><li>Notes: Images sources </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MEGA_MAC_Set-1.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wfp.org/hunger/map </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UNHCR_DADAAB_REGION,_KENYA_AFRICA_DOD_2006.JPEG </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GDP_PPP_per_capita_IMF.png </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:10JAN07_A55_BEFORE.JPG </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Times_Square-27527.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_$2_obverse-high.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_11_Launch2.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:United_States_Two_Dollar_Uncut_32-Subject_Currency_Sheet.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Page 50: An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions present) </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolf_Hitler_in_Yugoslavia_crop2.JPG </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Omaha_Normandy_Cemetery.JPG </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Children_in_the_Holocaust_concentration_camp_liberated_by_Red_Army.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atomic_cloud_over_Hiroshima.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nagasakibomb.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starved_girl.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hurricane_Frances_from_the_ISS_-_10AM._EDT_AUG_27_2004.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Botswana_Defense_Force_Soldier_DD-SD-00-01033.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Farmer_in_Pakistan.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Un_c-130_food_delivery_rumbek_sudan.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starved_child.jpg </li></ul>

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