A huge public rally will take place in London’s Hyde Park this Saturday in time with the “Nutrition for Growth” event, hosted by the British government just a week before the 39th Group of Eight summit.
The British government is co-hosting the Nutrition for Growth event, with t he Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and the Government of Brazil , in an alleged bid to bring together business leaders, scientists and governments to make political and financial commitments to prevent undernutrition globally. In response to the conference, which is a prelude to the G8 summit on 17 and 18 June in Northern Ireland, thousands of Big If campaigners, including American business magnate Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and UNICEF ambassador the footballer David Beckham, will gather in Hyde Park to call on the G8 leaders to tackle the causes of global hunger. The campaigners will create a huge visual petition to demonstrate the scale of public support for the Big IF campaign. The petition will be made up of 250,000 spinning flowers, with a total of two million petals representing the two million children who die of hunger every year thanks to inaction of world leaders especially those at the G8. The Saturday event will launch Big If’s ten-day campaign to call for an end to malnutrition internationally. Big If says the global hunger will be addressed “If we stop poor families being forced off their land, and we grow crops for food not fuel”, “If governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so million so people can free themselves from hunger”, “If governments and big companies are honest about their action that stop people getting enough food” and “If we giver life-saving aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves”.