Last Saturday, May 28, 2022, VivaBiH marked World Hunger Day with its action “Meal of Justice”.
We did this performance with our activist group with the desire to attract the attention of the citizens of Sarajevo and encourage them to think about the connection between veganism and world hunger.
Through our “Meal of Justice” performance and with the help of banners and leaflets, we brought the topic of world hunger to Sarajevo for the first time.
Why does this concern all of us and how can we help?
When we talk about something that is far away, it can often be difficult for us to relate to the topic, so we wanted to show that world hunger can be reduced with the individual effort of all of us.
There is a saying that says we are either part of the problem or a part of the solution and there is nothing in between, so it is important to be aware of which group we belong to. It would be ideal if we were all part of the solution, because then there would be no hunger, but as far as we can see – hunger in the world is very much present!
Over 850 million people in the world go to bed hungry and wake up hungry.
The number of hungry people in the world is growing year by year, but these people are not hungry because there is a shortage of food, on the contrary, there is enough food in the world to feed over 70 billion animals a year.
“How can we feed 70 billion farm animals and not 850 million people?” – Is the main question on our transparent that we asked the people passing by.
The fact is that we are already producing enough food on earth to be able to feed 10 billion people, although there are currently only about 7.6 billion of us, world hunger still exists.
To our surprise, we received only positive reactions!
These facts sounded frightening and unbelievable to many people, but faced with them, they realized that by reducing the demand for animal products, we can have a positive impact on many problems, including world hunger.
How do we as individuals contribute to these numbers? By supporting unsustainable industries for which profit is the only thing that matters. Animals that will be killed for a few kilograms of meat are given a huge amount of the world’s crops that could be used much more effectively, giving it to those who do not have access to food.
If we already produce enough food for so many people, but that food is given to animals that will again be eaten by a few other people, why can’t we just give that food to people in need? If we continue to support the animal industries, we support that crops continue to be given to animals, that people continue to starve and die, and we still remain a part of the problem.
It is important to be aware of where our food comes from, whether our food supply has stopped someone else from eating a meal, or perhaps been the cause of someone’s death. It is important so that we can turn to more sustainable and healthier habits for ourselves, others and our planet.
This action is special for us because it showed that activism and compassion for all beings can’t be stopped not even by bad weather.
Faced with rain, we did not cancel this action, but together with our wonderful activists, we have shown the importance of this topic.
Many thanks to our volunteers who, with their presence in this performance, brought this topic to the streets of Sarajevo.
We were also touched by the positive comments from people who talked to us about this topic in the rain. Also, a large number of foreigners supported us while we explained our performance in English and translated what was written on the banners. People from Sweden, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia told us how they saw street actions that promote veganism before and how vegan restaurants are opening more than ever.
Veganism as a movement is becoming more familiar to people and we are overjoyed that our work contributes to this.
We were especially thrilled to see one class of elementary school from Zenica visiting Sarajevo. It is a wonderful feeling to see a class teacher who gives children the opportunity to learn about veganism and broaden their horizons on this topic.
Children are the future and the obligation of us adults should be to leave our planet in the best possible condition and to teach them how to take care of it.
Let us be kind to ourselves, to other people and animals, and to nature.
Thank you to everyone who sent us a warm word and a desire for change during this Sarajevo rain!