‘#DearG8…’ A massive Twitter action to address poverty

We have a month to get loud and make a difference. One month. In four weeks time, the G8 leaders will meet Camp David in the United States to discuss a variety of issues — agriculture in the developing world being one of them. Our best chance to address hunger and poverty will be at that moment when world leaders can help each other lead on these issues. But these leaders won’t make a decision in a vacuum, they need to hear from us.

Starting on Thursday, April 19 through April 30, ONE and a stellar group of nonprofits and NGOs are jumping Twitter to ask their members to tweet their leaders to tell them to keep poverty issues on the table at this G8. The issues range from hunger, disease, vaccines and economic growth. For the next 11 days, we need you to help push out these messages to your Twitter streams and get your friends and followers involved.

You can join this Twitter action in three easy steps:

1. Log in to Twitter and send these messages. Ask your friends and family to RT. (Click any of the links below to automatically tweet).

#DearG8 1 billion people will go to bed hungry or malnourished tonight. Put an end to this. #letsthrive http://bit.ly/IGh81j

.@WhiteHouse, help 50 million people lift themselves out of poverty at the #G8 in May. #letsthrive http://bit.ly/IGh81j

2. Log in to Twitter and follow these great organizations:














3. Watch your Twitter stream for tweets from these groups using either #G8 or #DearG8 in their tweets and then re-tweet them to your audiences. And don’t forget to check out their links and take their actions, too.

And don’t forget that you can use your other networks as well to support the #DearG8 tweets. Ask your Facebook friends or LinkedIn contacts to jump on their Twitter accounts and join in as well. Tell them that there is a way to break out of the cycles of reducing poverty and child malnutrition. So get started with these steps and put your 140 characters on Twitter to good use. Get started as a “twactivist” or a “tw-oo-gooder” now.