Thursday, March 06, 2008

Poverty and Biofuel Requires Some Creativity On Our Part

The poor pay the price if we don't do green creatively and responsibily. Everything we do affects the whole world. Read this article by the BBC about the cost of food going up in the poorest countries because of biofuel.

While biofuel has been labeled as a green alternative to the gasoline we have used for decades, many have not properly thought out the impact it makes on the poorest of the poor.

Imagine going to the grocery store this month and spending $100 for a week of groceries. Then imagine going to the grocery store next month to find that you have to spend $200 to $300 for the same thing. That's what's happening in countries like Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Cameroon, El Salvador, and Haiti.

So while I like to complain about the cost of gasoline when I go to fill my tank, I need to remember that the solution needs to be good for the whole world; environment, animals, and yes...people.

One creative way that you can help the poorest in the world is to sponsor a child. A really great organization to do this through is Compassion International. They are making a difference and not only will your sponsorship change the life of the child you sponsor, it changes the lives of their family and, most especially, you. One of the things I find wonderful and amazing is that when the children who are sponsored through Compassion grow up, they give back by helping other children who are in the same circumstances that they were.

We just received a letter from our sponsored child who lives in Uganda. He told us what he had done with our Christmas and birthday gift to him. He bought chickens for eating (meat is a luxury) and a new suit. He's 12 and growing fast, so I imagine the new clothes were badly needed. He even sent a photograph of himself in his new clothes, eating his Christmas dinner. I'm glad we can make a difference in his life and stop the cycle of poverty by giving him the resources to do that as well as hope for his future. Because we care about what happens to him, he can dream about what he will do when he grows up instead of just surviving.

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