Exclusive video! Us Against the World – a thank from Coldplay
Yesterday I woke up to a rather lovely video from the Coldplayers, saying thank you to the band, the crew and Oxfam for an amazing Mylo Xyloto tour. It was an amazing moment to know that Coldplay fans really are clued up about the GROW campaign, and understand the importance of working towards fixing the food system and ending unnecessary hunger around the world.
Watch Coldplay MX 2011/2012 Tour Tribute on Youtube.
It seems video is the way to go when saying thanks… As a thank you for the last 9 months that you have spread the GROW message and followed, chatted to and told people about @oxfamontour, Coldplay have released an exclusive video of ‘Us Against the World’. Coldplay wanted to say a big thanks to YOU for signing up to the GROW campaign and taking positive action towards changing world hunger.
Oxfam on Tour presents Coldplay’s Us Against the World
Over the past few months, I have travelled through 14 countries on the Mylo Xyloto tour, attending nearly all of the 58 gigs, talking to Coldplay fans about the GROW campaign. And what a pleasure it has been!
Having being thrown into a global tour, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who understood the reality and issues surrounding food, and who wholeheartedly wanted to stand up and say, we don’t want hunger anymore, we want to tell our friends, change our foody ways and push politicians to stop the hunger too.
I’ve spoken to farmers in Portland, food recycle charities in LA, crew members who grew up on farms in England, PhD students in Philadelphia, and most importantly Coldplay fans globally, who all agree that together we can create change easily if we tell the right people and take action.
Some 26,000 people in 5 months have signed up to do more with Oxfam and as a result we have already created change; individually, the US and UK governments are reforming food aid sent from their countries to ensure we get food to people in crisis more effectively. Both governments have committed to doing more for small scale farmers. Without the push from Coldplay fans, this wouldn’t have been possible.
It doesn’t stop here
And this is just the beginning. Next month we’ll be asking you to get involved with an exciting new campaign to protect the rights of poor people to the land that they use to grow food for their families. When this land is taken away from people against their will – sometimes with threats and physical force – this is called a land grab.
Land grabs are happening in countries all over the world, like Guatemala and Tanzania, and they happen because rich investors want to use the fertile land to grow food to export to rich countries like the US and UK. This not only makes the people who live there homeless, it makes hunger worse in the country they live in.
Us Against the World; a very fitting song for such a matter, don’t you think? So sit back and enjoy a treat from the boys and remember – you can create change from your own home by getting more involved with Oxfam. Keep your eye on our blog and your local Oxfam website (see the bottom right corner of this page for your nearest Oxfam) to find out how.