Goal: End tax dodging, and use funds to address widespread hunger and poverty
Statistics released by Oxfam show that governments are allowing individuals and companies to hide $18.5 trillion in offshore accounts to avoid paying fair taxes. This money could go to providing food, education, infrastructure, or health services for the world’s most vulnerable populations. While budgets tighten and austerity measures increase, ordinary people pay the price for this greed. The G8, a forum among the world’s richest 8 nations, has the power to end this practice.
Tax dodging not only takes place in developed countries with inflated corporations, but in the developing world the problem is just as bad. If tax dodging was stopped in India, there would be enough tax revenue to feed every hungry person there. In Indonesia, 3.5 million families could be fed with correctly distributed tax dollars. If the world’s malnourished children are given food and basic health services, they will do better in school and be able to build a future for themselves, their family, and their country.
We could end the scourge of hunger and poverty now, by ensuring fairness in the collection and distribution of tax revenues. When the G8 meets on June 17 and 18, let them know how important this issue is. Equality and justice can triumph over greed and corruption when the voice for change is strong enough.
Dear World Leaders of the G8,
As the world’s most rich and influential countries, you influence the future of the world’s people. Wealthy individuals and corporations are hiding $18.5 trillion in offshore tax havens according to statistics released by Oxfam. These funds, if correctly appropriated, would be able to feed all of the malnourished people in the world. Malnutrition accounts for 2.6 million deaths of children every year. If these children have access to good health and nutrition, they will be able to pay attention in school and develop themselves, their families, and their country. The key to developing the impoverished areas of the world is in developing human capital. When workers are well fed and healthy, they produce more, think more, and develop industries.
Please make fiscal transparency a priority in your proposals for the future of the world. The time has come for a world of equality. Everyone has the right to nourishment, health, and education. The world’s most wealthy corporations and individuals are squandering funds that could feed the world.
[Your Name Here]