Campaign to protect 0.7% of UK GNI for global poor.

post by Natasha · 2021-02-17T18:42:47.420Z · EA · GW · 2 comments

This post will be most relevant to people with a UK address (regardless of age or citizenship), UK citizens who have previously lived in the UK or people who know people with a UK address that they could forward this to, as we are asking people to contact their MPs. However, others can also help with testing the site and giving feedback. 

A few of us have been working on a couple of months on a campaign to protect 0.7% of UK GNI as aid spending for people overseas affected by extreme poverty, disease, lack of access to services, war, climate change and natural disasters. (See Sanjay's posts here [EA · GW] and here [EA · GW] for more detail)

Our app, which will find your MP, and generate an email to send to them, is now ready at https://www.point7percent.org/

The survey and email from the link above will only take about 2 minutes, but if this campaign is successful we could prevent around 100,000 deaths, prevent around 1 million girls from missing out on school, and prevent around 3 million people missing out on nutrition. (sources for these are this article

It would also be very helpful if you could:

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comment by Mithuna.y · 2021-02-19T04:31:05.082Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you for doing this, it’s a wonderful idea! Hopefully we can spread the word.

Would you be able to provide a little more information on the site about when this is likely to be decided? Perhaps that will help increase the urgency?

comment by smclare · 2021-02-19T13:28:34.697Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hi Natasha, I'm really glad you guys are working on this! Thanks for the time and effort you've put in so far.

I wondered if you've discussed things people can do other than emailing MPs - maybe donating to orgs advocating against this change, or getting together to write an op-ed with a public figure?

I bet many people reading this post live in more liberal/urban areas with MPs who are already likely to vote against this measure (e.g. I'm in an incredibly safe Labour seat). I'm also struck and dismayed by the data that a majority of voters from each UK party support cutting the aid budget. Makes me think that efforts to sway public opinion might be important, too.