So we launched Thrive here in the UK last month with a tractor, and handed in our petition with wheelbarrows! 310,626 supporters from ONE, Save the Children and Concern have taken action to ask the G8 to prioritise hunger and food security at this weekend’s G8, and yesterday in London, we presented those voices to Downing Street ahead of the Prime Minister’s departure for the summit.
We met in a pub on Whitehall, and tweeted together during Prime Minister’s Questions, calling on the PM to commit to delivering on these important issues. Then, in what has been a rather rainy few weeks here, the sun shone for us today as we gathered on the steps of Trafalgar Square with 8 wheelbarrows – one for each G8 country – full of nutritious vegetables. We were fortunate to have Alice Klass with us from ASAP Africa in the Eastern Cape, someone who was able to say a few words to the crowd about the many children she’s seen affected by stunting “looking younger than they are” due to a lack of nutritious food.
The G8 have a real chance to act this weekend at Camp David. Let’s hope they’ve heard all our voices and turn the tide, breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty for good.
You can see more coverage of the Thrive hand in on our storify page.