VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY IS BASED ON FIVE 'LIFE PRINCIPLES'
Living more simply is about seeing our lives as extravagant, even out-of-control, and deciding what to do little by little, day-by-day, week-by-week to cut down on over-consumption. Every time you go to buy something, to use something, try thinking: Do I really need this? Do I buy the car I like, the one that will impress?
Or do I buy the
Gerald Iversen is National Co-ordinator of the US-based movement Alternatives which can be contacted at 5312 Morningside Ave, PO Box 2857, Sioux City, Iowa 51106 (formerly Ellenwood, Georgia), Tel: +1 712/274-8875 or +1 800/821-6153, Fax: +1 712/274-1402.
Eradicating poverty involves changing the lives of the non-poor. Gerald Iversen, director of Alternatives, an organization which promotes 'voluntary simplicity', explains.
Living simply is not about 'living on the cheap'. It's more than frugality, far from being a tightwad, and surely not about being a miser. Rather, it's a journey to find more meaning, more joy, more fun in life by removing the barrier of material goods that keeps us apart from other people - and even from ourselves.
Child Poverty Action Group,
Oxfam GB Poverty Programme,
Single Parent Action Network,
UK Coalition Against Poverty,
Promotes the participation of people with experience of poverty in partnerships between local, national and international organizations to work towards the reduction and eradication of poverty and to campaign for a National Poverty Eradication Plan. Produced an excellent action pack, Eradicate Poverty!
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty,
Child Poverty in Canada/Campaign 2000,
Thanks to: The people of ACCORD and AMS in Gudalur; Audrey Bronstein and colleagues at Oxfam's GB Poverty Programme; Cheryl Brown at TIRN; Davenport Action Against Poverty; John Gaventa at IDS; Humaira Haider at the UK Coalition Against Poverty; Jean Penet at ATD Fourth World; Tina Wallace; Social Watch.
ANSWERS TO POVERTY QUIZ
1 Australia (Figures from ACOSS)
2 Nothing. In fact, the poor world gives to the rich in loan and debt repayments. For example, between 1983 and 1989, creditors in the rich world received $242 billion more from these poor countries than they provided in new loans.
3 Mahatma (M K) Gandhi.
4 2,500 million people - 47 per cent of the world's people.
5 United States.
6 Britain (UK Coalition Against Poverty).
7 All of them - including Australia.
8 31 per cent
9 The World Bank in its 1990 World Development Report on poverty.
10 -7.1 per cent (The Reality of Aid 1998/9)
11 Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel prize for literature.
12 Former Soviet Union.