saturday some cool stuff happened relating to making poverty history. here’s how the latest email from the ONE campaign puts it.
together as ONE, we have helped do something incredible!
this past saturday, the u.s. joined together with other wealthy nations to free millions of people in some of the poorest countries from crushing debts. the finance ministers from the ‘group of eight’ or ‘g8′ nations agreed to write off billions of dollars of debt, and in return for cancellation, the qualifying countries will invest these savings in their own people — to help with more schools, health clinics and wells.
debt cancellation will quite literally save millions of lives — but this deal was struck by only eight men huddling around a table. eight men and the millions of us watching them, asking them to do the right thing. you called for this, with ONE voice, and they got it done.
the finance ministers’ meeting was just a warm-up act, a down payment on an overall historic breakthrough. let’s keep up the positive pressure for the main event, when president bush, prime minister blair and the other g8 leaders meet on july 6.