Getting ready for the Blueprint for a Better World exhibition is Deacon Graeme Davis (centre) with volunteers Beth Larkin and Robert Lingard.
Getting ready for the Blueprint for a Better World exhibition is Deacon Graeme Davis (centre) with volunteers Beth Larkin and Robert Lingard.

Looking poverty in the eye

The Millenium Development Goals were developed 10 years ago as a global action plan to eradicate poverty by 2015. The action plan, signed by 189 world leaders, focussed on eight measurable targets including reducing hunger and infant mortality and decreasing the incidence of diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

So in 2010 is the action plan on target? What’s being done in third-world communities to ensure the targets are met? How can you help people overcome poverty?

These questions are answered in a new travelling exhibition, Blueprint for a Better World: The Millennium Development Goals and You, which comes to Lismore next week.

Presented by Caritas Australia in partnership with AusAID, the exhibition uses photographs, installations, stories and mementos from poor communities to give people an insight into the development programs happening in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Sudan and Indigenous Australia. It looks at the challenges impoverished people face, progress to date and the opportunities for community empowerment through grassroots development programs.

Visitors can learn more about how they can contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty and there’s even a book called Pledge Towers, where people can write down the contribution they intend to make to eradicating global poverty. The pledges then become a component of the exhibition as it travels, giving weight to the positive difference one person – and a community of people – can make in the world.

“The exhibition forms part of Caritas’s commitment to enabling public participation in local and international responses to the eradication of global poverty, especially in light of the global financial crisis,” Lismore Deacon Graeme Davis said.

Deacon Davis said because the economic slowdown will lessen the incomes of the poor, the food crisis will force millions more into poverty and climate change will largely impact on the poorest in society, it’s more important than ever to work together toward the Millenium Development Goals.

Blueprint for a Better World is on show at the Lismore Workers Club from next Wednesday, March 24, until Wednesday, March 31. Entry is free.


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