According to a CNN report on October 27,David Beasley, director of the United Nations World Food Program, said that a small group of super-rich people can use a small part of their net worth to help solve the problem of world hunger.
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David Beasley said on CNN’s “Connect the World” program on Tuesday that billionaires now need to “stand up immediately,” and he specifically mentioned the two richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos. (Amazon founder) and Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla).
“US$6 billion can help 42 million people, and if we don’t help them, they will die. It’s not complicated,” he added.
According to Bloomberg’s previous report, Musk’s net worth is close to $289 billion, which means that only 2% of his wealth needs to be donated to keep 42 million people away from hunger.
According to data from the Institute for Policy Studies of the American Progressive Organization and the American Tax Equity Association, since the outbreak of the epidemic, the net worth of American billionaires has almost doubled, reaching $5.04 trillion in October.
Beasley said that several crisis storms such as climate change and the new crown pneumonia epidemic meant that many countries were knocking on the door of famine.
According to a report released by the World Food Program on Monday, half of Afghanistan’s population (approximately 22.8) million people face a severe hunger crisis. The report concluded that the unemployment and liquidity crisis means that the country is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, with 3.2 million children under the age of 5 at risk.
CNN published an article that a series of new reports issued by the Biden administration last week warned that the impact of climate change will have a wide range of impacts and will cause problems for every administration.
In these reports, the government detailed how climate change promotes immigration. This is the first time that the US government has officially recognized the link between climate change and immigration.
The World Food Program has reminded of this kind of climate change in the past. Beasley said on Tuesday: “Take the United States and Central America, the Arid Corridor, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua as examples. Hurricanes and floods are changing the climate and this will have devastating effects.”
The World Food Program estimates that there are 5.2 million people in the Tigray area of Ethiopia in urgent need of food aid. Since last year, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali has attacked the “Tigray People’s Liberation Front” military bases in northern Ethiopia. Take military action. Since then, thousands of civilians have been killed and more than 2 million people have been displaced.
CNN emphasized that humanitarian organizations like the World Food Program have been working hard to deliver supplies to people in need in the area. Beasley said in an interview: “I don’t know where else they can get food. Now, we ran out of fuel, we ran out of money paid to employees, and our trucks couldn’t get in. “
Original title: “2% of Musk’s wealth can solve the world’s hunger problem”