Thursday, 18 October 2007

Feeling enriched on the world day for the eradication of poverty

Yesterday one of my colleagues at work sent the email and links at the bottom of this post as we were marking the UN day for the eradicaiton of poverty. We had a "stand up against poverty" worship at the beginning of the day with great singing and later in the morning colleagues and campaigners from beyond the WCC spoke with great passion about some of their experiences.
Going to the global rich list website and doing the test really brought me up short. Like in any organisation it's easy at work to sometimes get into a spiral of dissatisfaction. Discovering that most of us working in the ecumenical centre will be in the top one or two percent of the world's population in terms of earnings really brought home the reality of my privilege. And that sense of privilege should not instill guilt but responsibility and the idea that I can help to change things.
So take responsibility and do the test yourselves!
This website ( allows you to find out what your position is in a sort of global list of rich people. It's a very interesting exercise; what to do afterwards is up to you.
You might also want to take a look at this map (, that shows where the money (actually: the purchasing power) is. A bit out of date, but still useful.
This is one of the many websites ( where you can sign up the online petition for the
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
And here ( you can see one of the reasons why we are where we are (it takes a while to download, but it's worth the waiting).

Stand Up & Speak Out!