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Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree saying

Bono of U2 offers a pointed example of what it means to call the Church to accountability in light of this day:
• "I mean, what is going on with the churches? It is incredible. I tell these evangelicals in the Unites States there are 2,300 verses of scripture about the poor. It’s the central message outside of personal redemption, the idea of dealing with the poor. And I’m asking them, where are they? Where are they on this? On a recent poll of evangelical churches, only six per cent said they wanted to do something about AIDS. It is unbelievable, the leprosy of our time if you like. But it’s starting to turn; the Church is starting to wake up."
(Creps, 2006, P 93)

The saddest thing about world poverty is that it is, as Mandela says, solvable. If the world’s wealthiest nations spent just 1 percent of their income on the effects of global poverty, it could be greatly diminished. Basic nutrition, health, and education would be more readily available to all for this small outlay. It also would affect the rate of infant mortality and pandemic diseases. It’s not too costly to end extreme poverty. It just takes the will of these wealthy nations. And yet, since 2000 the United Nations has argues over the wording of a set of global goals for eliminating extreme poverty, defined as living on an income of below $1 per day, adjusted for relative purchasing power. While they argue, one in five of the world’s population do just that – eke a meager existence on less than $1 a day. (Frost, 2007 p. 108)

It’s not enough that we simply share bread with the poor. Part of our companionship with the poor requires us to be peacemakers, to address the forces that foster and promote poverty and injustice around the world.
(Frost, 2007 p. 210)