The UK’s king of romantic comedies, Richard Curtis (award-winning writer/director of Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary), has officially joined the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. The Global Poverty Project has just released a new, short video directed by Richard that highlights the progress made toward ending extreme poverty.
Viewers got a sneak peak of the film earlier this month at #EndPoverty2030, an event taking place during the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. featuring millennials who are taking on critical issues—from entrepreneurship to education to gender equality—to ending extreme poverty.
As you may be aware, Richard recently folded up his director’s chair but decided to lend his screenwriting and directing skills to the cause. Would you be interested in a piece highlighting the video and Richard’s participation in the movement?
Richard Curtis gave the following comment on his involvement in Zero Poverty 2030 campaign:
“It’s been a great pleasure to work with The Global Poverty Project on making this Heroes Beside You film. They are an organisation I admire enormously. I think we both feel that 2015 will be a hugely important year when the world could commit to ending poverty by 2030 in the new UN Sustainable Development Goals – and anything I can do to help people campaign and petition their leaders to make those goals more potent and ambitious, I’m keen to do. The purpose of the film is to point out that the dreams and ideals of our greatest heroes were always connected to the end of the immense injustice of extreme poverty – and that when we send a message to our leaders, or do an act of protest, it’s in the tradition of Gandhi, it’s following the orders of Martin Luther King, it’s trying to fulfill the dream of Nelson Mandela – ‘Poverty is not natural – it is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’”
GPP hopes viewers will share the video, sign the petition, and encourage their organizations, businesses, schools, or groups to join, promote or lead the Zero Poverty 2030 campaign in their communities and countries.
THE GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT:
The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. An Australian-grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. Through The Global Poverty Project’s The End of Polio campaign, over $750 million in new commitments have been contributed towards polio eradication, and the Live Below the Line campaign has included nearly 50,000 participants and raised more than $10 million for 70 charity partners across the globe. For more information, visit our website at globalpovertyproject.com.
Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012, in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events. Join the conversation: Visit our website at globalcitizen.org, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GLBLCTZN.
ZERO POVERTY 2030:
Zero Poverty 2030 is a Global Citizen campaign run in partnership with individuals and charities from around the world. The campaign is calling on citizens to sign a petition calling on governments to commit to provide full support toward ending extreme poverty by2030. www.globalcitizen.org/zeropoverty
Richard Curtis is an award-winning writer/director (Love Actually, Notting Hill); co-founder, Comic Relief; and founding member, Make Poverty History.