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End Global Poverty Day arrives at KU


As part of "End Global Poverty Week," a group of KU students are [taking to Wescoe Beach][1] for 24 hours to raise money and awareness.Chancellor Robert Hemenway, a major proponent of implementing the [Millennium Development Goals][2], even stopped by to lend his name to the fight against poverty. He signed his name to the petition and picked up some of the literature the students had to hand out.The students are also accepting donations and selling T-shirts. The proceeds will go to the [Nothing but Nets][3] campaign, which provides mosquito nets to children in Africa.The students are also encouraging people to sign a petition against the [controversial proposed coal power plant][4] in Holcomb. Hemenway declined to take a stance on that issue. [1]: http://www.news.ku.edu/2007/october/15/poverty.shtml [2]: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ [3]: http://www.nothingbutnets.net/ [4]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/nov...


Guns_R_Good 10 years, 7 months ago

What the heck does a coal plant have to do with global poverty? I bet all these kids are liberal arts majors.

oldvet 10 years, 7 months ago

Yeah... we're going to end poverty by sending mosquito netting to Africa... right!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 7 months ago

Here is a simplistic-sounding statement that is 100% accurate: There is enough food to feed everyone on this planet. There is enough money available to provide that food to the hungry. We only have hunger because of WAR. It is rare that famine runs rampant without a war.

It's too bad we can't pick just wars. American troops could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa.

Sigmund 10 years, 7 months ago

Well they are devoting an ENTIRE day of their lives to ending global poverty. That is quite a commitment and should make a world of difference!

Sigmund 10 years, 7 months ago

Armies are designed to kill people and break things. It is very very hard to re-purpose them to save lives and fix things.

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