1.4 Billion Reasons presentation to explain realities of extreme poverty

Nickalas Tabbert

Questions about extreme poverty will attempted to be answered Monday.

The University of Minnesota Students Against Hunger group will host the Global Poverty Team and its nationwide presentation called "1.4 Billion Reasons" at Coffman Memorial Union's Whole Music Club.

Created by the Global Poverty Project and Jeff Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, the presentation explains the reality of people currently living in extreme poverty and the systematic problems that exist.  It is structured around five questions, including defining extreme poverty, what can be done about it and what barriers prevent ending extreme poverty.

The goal of the presentation is to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fight against extreme poverty, said Mekdelawit Bayu, the vice president of the University's group. 

Bayu said the goal is that by the end of a screening of 1.4 Billion Reasons, the audience will better understand the current situation facing those in extreme poverty.

She said the presentation will try to make audience members feel empowered and take action to address the issues "as students, citizens, consumers and professionals."

The presentation is set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Whole Music Club in Coffman Union.

Students Against Hunger is in its third year as a student organization, said Taylor Moore, group president.  It is a satellite of Kids Against Hunger.