Basically, it's pretty simple.
- Lots of people in the world are mind-numbingly poor.
- In 2000 leaders of 189 countries signed up to the Millennium Development Goals, a global plan to halve poverty by 2015.
- The world is way behind target.
- People are still mind-numbingly poor.
- We ought to do more to help them.
So a number of organisations around the world, including Make Poverty History in Australia, asked people to join them in reminding governments of their promises on halving world poverty, by joining in events which included a time of standing up together, symbolising unity around the world on this matter. Last year, 43 million people joined in. This year's event was this weekend.
And so it was that 255 people at our local church stood up while the "Stand Up and Take Action Pledge" was read out.
Will it make any difference? I dunno, but it's worth a try.