Fast & Advocate
The word advocate describes "one who pleads the cause of another."
The Bible contains inspiring examples of advocates--people who spoke out on behalf of others. They spoke for those who had no voice themselves, but were greatly affected by decisions made by powerful people.
Will you be an advocate?
Add your voice to people from around the world calling for an end to hunger and food justice for all.
Some causes of hunger are affected by policies made by governments around the world - including Canada. Writing letters to your decision-makers in Ottawa on is a way to change hunger-related policies that most affect people who are food insecure.
This year Fast for Change is focusing our advocacy around climate change financing for adaptation. Don't know what that means? Neither did we at first.
Higher temperatures, more droughts, and changes in seasons are affecting farmers around the world, particularly small-scale farmers in developing countries, who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. More than 75% of people who regularly go to bed hungry live in rural areas in developing countries. These are the folks who climate change is hurting the most. This is where climate change and hunger meet, and it doesn't seem right.
But what can we do?
We can support smallholder farmers by advocating for strong Canadian policies that address climate change and its impacts on vulnerable people.
Send a personal letter to your MP asking for Canada's climate change financing to keep coming and for more of it to go to support small-holder farmers adapt to their new weather reality. Ask them to give this money as grants, not loans, and to make this financing additional to Canada's aid budget, so that it doesn't take away from other important initiatives.
Harvest of Letters
Better yet, plan a letter writing event for your church, school, or community so that the government knows just how many Canadians care about what happens to people who are hungry around the world. Together we are calling these messages to the government our "Harvest of Letters
If you do want to plan a letter-writing event, check out our guide A Voice at the Table
. It has step-by-step instructions on how to pull this off, as well as lots of great illustrations!
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Learn more about the Harvest for Letters
where you can also report on your letter-writing event.