June 03, 2005

Live 8 - A Chance To End Poverty

"There is more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars finally get to tilt the world on its axis," promised Bob Geldof at the press conference. Once again, the air is starting to hum with the sound of turned up amps, as massive preparations get underway for the Live 8 concerts.

Twenty years ago, Live Aid was launched in response to the famine that had crippled Ethiopia. The fundraiser became an unforgettable moment in history, drawing together rock and pop musicians. Live Aid helped to raise $40 million for famine relief. Unfortunately, while the event generated global goodwill, the reverberations were short term, and poverty continued to worsen throughout the so-called Developing World.

Bob Geldof has made it quite clear that Live 8 is not Live Aid 2. As the world's most powerful men come together for the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, the five concerts being held in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome and Philadelphia, hope to highlight the continuing problems of poverty and debt that are endemic across the globe.

Live 8's goal is to exert pressure upon the world leaders, so that debts are eliminated once and for all. With steely conviction, the organisers are convinced that world poverty can be brought to an end. If so, it will indeed be a historical moment.

These events are a wonderful opportunity to empower the people, so that they are heard by the politicians. For too long have these so-called democratically elected leaders been allowed to shut their ears to the cries. This is a chance for every single one of us to make a difference. We should all embrace this event, and let it be known that it is intolerable that people should be expected to continue living in extreme poverty. It is an outrage!

For more information, visit the official Live 8 website.

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