Over 100 bands have been playing around the world today, to raise support and awareness for aid to Africa.
Author: Gez Lemon
Group of Eight
Group of Eight
The Group of Eight (G8) consists of the world's most powerful nations along with the European Union, who discuss issues of global concern. The current eight leaders are:
- Silvio Berlusconi (Italy)
- Tony Blair (UK)
- George W. Bush (USA)
- Jacques Chirac (France)
- Junichiro Koizumi (Japan)
- Paul Martin (Canada)
- Vladimir Putin (Russia)
- Gerhard Schröder (Germany)
Each year, the G8 have a political summit. This year, the political summit will be held in the UK on the 6th to 8th of July in Scotland, hosted by Tony Blair. One of the topics on this year's agenda is Aid to Africa.
The Poverty Gap
The gap between rich and poor countries has never been greater than it is today. Africa's debt burden is so great that there is no chance of recovery without help. We need to consider that centuries of unfair trade and manipulation of Africa have resulted in the state the continent is currently in. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people die every day because they don't have access to basic drugs that we can just walk into a pharmacy and get over the counter. Sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers; these are real people dying because of a massive injustice that could finally be ended.
Live 8 Concerts
Concerts have been held in each of the G8 countries (Barrie, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, and Rome) to raise awareness of the issues, and demonstrate the public's support for aid to Africa. I was fortunate enough (old enough) to have seen the live aid concert twenty years ago, and have been watching the BBC's coverage of the concerts from around the world today. The UK show started with U2 and Paul McCartney singing Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which appropriately starts with the lyrics,
well, it was 20 years ago today. U2 went on to deliver a fantastic show, followed by Coldplay, and many other great acts. I love music, and have been in my element watching some of the best acts from around the world show their support for a more than worthy cause. My favourite band of the moment is the anarchic Kaiser Chiefs, who played at Philadelphia. I saw it on TV, but would really loved to have been there to see that live.
Sign the Fucking Petition
Razorlight's Johnny Borrell urged everyone to,
sign the fucking petition. The petition urges the leaders in G8 to take 3 steps to help end world poverty, and stop many thousands of people dying needlessly each day:
- Double the aid sent to the world's poorest countries
- Fully cancel their debts
- Change the trade laws so that they can build their own future
Over to you; if you haven't done so already, please sign the petition.