For the first time in a decade, global hunger is on this rise, with climate change a leading cause. At the same time as the Australian government has cut aid to record lows, 11% of the world’s population go to bed hungry. We know that hunger is the result of a range of factors, but what is increasingly clear is the climate change is making the situation worse. We know that when the rains don’t come and when the land is degraded, small scale farmers in the world’s most marginalised communities are least able to manage and adapt.
Our Pledge - This election make your vote count for millions who still go to bed hungry each night. In the last five years, the Government has cut Australia’s aid program to its lowest level ever, reducing our efforts to end global hunger. Together Let’s Pledge today to make Australian aid a voting priority this election.
The backbone of securing reliable food in marginalised communities around the world are the small-scale, subsistence farmers, yet it is this exact group who are especially vulnerable to climate impacts. Australian Aid plays a vital role in supporting small scale farmers to build sustainable livelihoods and increase their resilience; through providing access to training in new agricultural techniques; access to finance to plant new crops; and by assisting to develop alternative sources of income so that people can build livelihoods and provide for themselves and their families.
We can’t end hunger if we don’t tackle climate change. Our failure to act could put millions at risk of poverty and put our goal to end hunger out of reach. Stepping up means making Australian aid a voting priority this election.
Now more than ever is an important time for Christians to raise our voice. We have the tools to actually eliminate poverty and to make sure everybody has enough. By raising your voice, you can contribute to this work of building a more just and compassionate world.
– Matthew Maury, National Director, TEAR AustraliaPledge now