Hunger is the greatest scandal of our age. It kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together.
One in eight people on our planet – that’s nearly one billion people – go hungry every day, and 250 children die every hour due to malnutrition. Yet we produce enough food to feed everyone.
This week saw the launch of the biggest campaign in the fight against global hunger since Make Poverty History in 2005.
As Scottish church leaders, we believe we have a moral obligation to help the poor in our global community and play our part in relieving the injustice of hunger.
There will only ever be enough food for everyone if we all take action to encourage our leaders to make the right decisions on key issues, like stopping land grabbing, cracking down on tax dodging and keeping their promises on aid and climate finance.
The Prime Minister has pledged to put hunger at the heart of the G8 when it comes to the UK this year. This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to tackle hunger and make a real and lasting positive change to the lives of the poorest people in the world.
The time to act is now. In Scotland, we have an opportunity to play our part, and join with 100 organisations, faith groups and many thousands around the country who are committed to making 2013 the year in which we see the beginning of the end of world hunger.
We are proud to support this campaign and hope that many Scots, of all faiths and none, will join us.
Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia
Archbishop of Glasgow
Right Reverend Albert Bogle
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Most Reverend David Chillingworth
Bishop of St Andrews Dunkeld & Dunblane, and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Reverend John Humphreys
Moderator, Scottish Synod of United Reformed Church