THE Echo’s Jack Monroe has been calling for change from world leaders at the G8 summit.
Reporter Jack, 25, met young poverty campaigners, from Tanzania, who spoke of their own experiences of hunger and looked on as world leaders, including Barack Obama and David Cameron, took to the microphone.
She was one of six bloggers invited by Enough Food If – a campaign group pushing world leaders to tackle poverty – at the summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
A Lancet report, published last Thursday, highlighted that 3.1 million children die every year from hunger and malnutrition, equating to one child every ten seconds.
Mum-of-one Jack said: “We hear every day in national media, in Prime Minister’s questions, in local council meetings, that there simply isn’t any money. There isn’t any money for libraries we are told, nor children’s centres let alone living wages and free school meals for children.
“The construct of the Enough Food If campaign, who I am here at the G8 on behalf of, is that nobody should be going to bed hungry. That there is enough food for everyone.
“The eight world leaders must commit to tackling the underpinning issues that mean food is not evenly distributed, people cannot afford it, and money that could be used to plug the holes in nutrition and welfare budgets is instead lost in tax havens and dodgy accounting.”
The G8 summit is a forum that brings together leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, France and the USA to discuss how to tackle global challenges.