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For those interested I keep up a ‘normal’ non Live Below the Line blog which is pretty much the same propaganda as my Live Below the Line blog. Follow along or if not keep in touch and I will be blogging again on this site when I do the Aotearoa New Zealand Live Below the Line in September, probably from Tajikistan! Thanks, d’Arcy.

Originally posted on Normal Life in the Life of Lunny:

Wow this was quite the process and I am glad I did when 34 and not 64. Such a beautiful time thinking back on the memories and people over the years – really amazing and I encourage anyone to do the same…

A little look back as I always like to do on this day but this time back as far as I can remember.

0. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide – being born

Don’t remember that one so much but from all accounts it was pretty traumatic for both myself and mum, almost killing us both at different stages. I have been told I was without oxygen for a long period of time (which probably explains a lot!)

1. Minlaton, South Australia – crawling about

Again no too many memories of this one… Fairly sure I was just being one and hanging out in Minlaton having just moved there from…

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So where to and what for from here…?

Hey folks so from one campaign to another with huge enthusiasm and same passions…

Live Below the Line to The End of Polio 

The thing I love about all this is that the subject is different but for the objective is still the same. For me that is to be a representative to the people I have learnt so much from in developing countries and see them be able to have access and opportunity to basic choices in life – not between hungry or healthy; simple vaccine or nothing; work or education, etc…

So till September when I will be doing the New Zealand Live Below the Line (they run their campaign later in the year) maybe from Tajikistan…

Thank you for reading, following, commenting and hopefully learning a little and please see below what I am doing for The End of Polio across Canada this summer and would be great to see you as I head around! http://www.theendofpolio.com

Also touring for The End of Polio in Canada will be Ramesh Ferris in August!

We have an opportunity for you to engage with the movement to see The End of Polio – for everyone… forever…

I am writing on behalf of the Global Poverty Project and The End of Polio campaign to join us in our Canadian Summer Tour advocating for the global eradication of polio.

From May to September, well-known polio advocate, Ramesh Ferris, and I will be touring Canada in an effort to build public and political support for polio eradication (see below email for tour dates and attached for more info). Throughout the tour, we will be: engaging the public, meeting with government, and giving polio presentations on successes and what is still required for a polio-free world.

While a global partnership – the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – has succeeded in reducing polio by 99%, a funding shortfall of almost US$1 billion currently threatens efforts to eradicate the final 1%.

So we’re building Canadian public support and asking the Government to lead on action for a polio-free world at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

We could really use your voice and advocacy to maximise our impact during the tour. If you would like to join us in taking action and leading to see The End of Polio you can:

  • Host a polio presentation at a Rotary club, business, university, school, church, community group, friends or any group interested – see here for more information
  • Connect me with Government and community leaders, Rotary / Rotaract members or anyone to help swell the Canadian supporting of a world without polio (forever)!

I hope to hear from you soon and am keen to follow up with any opportunities and actions you might like to take. Please pass this email onto others you think would be interested and I also have a simpler email and call to action on polio if you want.

Many Thanks

d’Arcy

P: 418-261-6342
E: darcy@globalpovertyproject.com
W: The End of Polio:http://www.theendofpolio.com Global Poverty Project: http://www.globalpovertyprojecy.com

The End of Polio

Global efforts have delivered incredible progress – a 99% reduction since 1988, immunising more than 2 billion children and preventing more than 5 million children from lifelong paralysis or death. In January, the world reached a milestone in the fight to eradicate polio – 12 months without a case of polio in India.

But progress towards eradication is at risk with a funding gap of almost US$1 billion for 2012/13 – threatening international efforts for a polio-free world.

That’s why The End of Polio campaign is working with partners such as Rotary International, governments and the broader community, to make the end of polio a reality.

The Global Poverty Project

The End of Polio campaign is run by the Global Poverty Project. Launched at the UN in 2008, the Global Poverty Project is an innovative and dynamic public education and campaigning organisation. We are committed to increasing the number and effectiveness of individuals taking action against extreme poverty; and provide everyday people with simple, yet effective ways to learn more and take action.

The End of Polio Canadian Summer Tour

d’Arcy Lunn, one of the Global Poverty Project’s keynote presenters, will be touring Canada from May to July this summer – to be followed by polio survivor and advocate, Ramesh Ferris in August. Along the way, they will be engaging the public, meeting with government, and giving public presentations on the remarkable history of polio and the current global effort to eradicate the first human disease since smallpox – forever! Click here to see more about the presentation and we also have a polio specific presentation.

Tour Dates

May 24-30; Quebec
May 30-June 3 Montreal
June 3-10 Ottawa
June 10-14; July 10-19 Toronto
June 17-26 Edmonton / Calgary
June 27-July 10 Kamloops / Vancouver / Squamish / Whistler / Victoria
July 20-24 Washington DC and New York – End Tour d’Arcy
August Ramesh tour Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa
18-25 September UN General Assembly, New York

All the detailed information around The End of Polio is on our website: http://www.theendofpolio.com

Informing and empowering people to know about and take action on – the global eradication of polio!

 

Better, Bonus or Burden?

After a week of absence I better make sure I finish this blog off properly having blogged daily for an entire month while Living Below the Line and travelling 1000 miles – as much as possible on foot, cycle or pool!

For me in the aftermath I have been looking at everything with the Live Below the Line lens still firmly attached… The first shop post Live Below the Line was with fellow Global Poverty Project co-worker and also month-long Live Below the Line’er, Albert.

We knew we could buy and eat anything we wanted but out habits, thought processes and humility kept it strangly simple. Once had bout some essentials like a six pack of beer, soda water and corn flakes everything from there seems like an excess so we got some lentils, root vegetables and other typical Live Below the Line cusine for cooking.

In hindsight it was quite bizzar we were so programmed to only grab the bare essentials and didn’t even think about the chocolate, dairy, pizzas etc… In the days since then slowly but surely I have managed to get back onto a high calory diet and relished being able to have fresh fruit and vegetables.

The main post LBL thoughts running through my head have been around is having access to everything better, a bonus or a burden? Here is the categorization of my thoughts…

Better

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • More nutrients, vitamins, nutrition variety

Bonus

  • Choice of some things so they are better choices such as organic, ethical, Fairtrade, locally produced, smaller more local shops not just the cheapest
  • Being able to have enough calories to run! I love running but could not run while doing Live Below the Line as it is too much energy expenditure in a short period while trying to travel x km’s each day

Bonus: water with bubbles – my luxury in life!

Burden

  • Having the expectation to fit back into the excess culture again, people accepted my simplicity when doing the challenge but it is virtually impossible to be accepted if that is your way of life choice…
  • Feeling the consumer pressure of eating bad food and to excess
  • Not appreciating time in the same light when walking, cooking, preparing, etc
  • Less human contact or contact that is very prescribed out at dinner or drinks – Live Below the Line lets you have social / community interaction without having to plan it or pay to do it – it just happens naturally…
  • Needing constant artificial entertainment and pleasure. Under Live Below the Line you create your own fun and don’t rely upon stimulation or rewards, or if you do they are very simple but meaningful like an egg once a week
  • Being oppressed and spoken to by advertising, which 99% of it is for making you feel inadequate – you switch off to this when Living Below the Line

I cannot say how much I feel we are living in an opposite, and for me in particular, less fulfilling world when I am NOT Living Below the Line. I find it incredible that the life outside of Live Below the Line is normal in western society and that someone choosing to do Live Below the Line is the crazy one.

This is a pretty good representation of what I am talking about… how bout the same amount of calories in bananas for that price?

We live in excess that I believe is mostly not for the betterment of our society, culture and environment. I have got a lot things out of the 5 weeks of Living Below the Line such as understanding the topics and issues of the extreme poor, the inspiration a campaign like this provides and how we can learn more and take action to see a more equitable world but overall it is more about the reflection on the society I was in while doing Live Below the Line that was significant for me.

My simplistic ideologies and ways of living have been growing in the past few years but in the 5 weeks of Living Below the Line I have found the practical ways and habits to perpetuate this for the betterment of the way I live, the others around me and the nature I must live with-in. To be sustainable is not enough I strive to be a net contributor to my society and environment and love that Live Below the Line has given me so many practical applications to do this.

So in a second to last blog before I refer you all back to my ‘normal’ slightly frequent (about once a week and a half) blog: http://lunny06.wordpress.com  – I believe in fighting extreme poverty ABSOLUTELY but I also strongly believe and practice learning and living from the way they are forced to live so we can choose equality not only by ‘helping the poor people’ but joining them as best we can for our own, societies and the environments betterment.

I like this!

The Official Live Below the Line Week from New York

Day – 29-33 or 1-5 of the official LBL challenge!

  • Breakfasts: oats and orange peel, as per the norm…
  • Lunches: usually left over dinners
  • Snacks: the regular cold cooked potatoes, yams and corn bread one day
  • Dinners: combo of the following… lentils, rice, pasta, couscous, kale, pasta sauce and a few flavours of onion soups, chicken broth and taco seasoning

My own kitchen with stove, oven and more!!!

It was by far the easiest week of cooking and eating as I was based in one place for a whole week and with another partner in crime who also was doing the challenge for a month. So we pooled costs and ate simply but well.

The official week of Live Below the Line was just fantastic – so nice to be joined but over 10,000 others around the world in this amazing campaign. I was also very fortunate to be doing it out of the Global Poverty Project USA office in New York.

Certainly not the roads I was riding on the West Coast – same sky though!

It is my first time in New York and it is a very distinct place, culture and way of life. I have continued to walk a lot, walking to the office and back at least a 16km round trip and soaking up everything around me with the LBL perspective.

One of the bridges that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan on my walks

There was one major highlight from the week. I had a unique and thrilling opportunity to give a live streamed presentation on Google + Hangouts on Air at the Google office on Thursday going out around the world to anyone tuned in. If you missed it, bad luck (or maybe good luck!), but the filmed Q&A session is available with some great questions and hopefully decent answers – http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/pages/lblhangout

I will save the next blog for how I ended my Live Below the Line journey as I think it was pretty cool and in totally New York style.

A huge congratulations to all the people who took part in the week and I know they will have received a lot of perspective, insight, reflection and hopefully lots of resolve from the week!

Not very often I get to unpack my bag and use a cupboard… Special moment for the next two weeks moments!

Live Below the Line: Live Simply so ALL can Simply Live

You know the old saying ‘Live simply so others can simply live’ actually I don’t know if that is a saying or if I made it up… Anyway there is more to that saying than what you might first think.

The work I do with the Global Poverty Project addresses the simply live part of 1.4 billion people in the world who can’t obtain it but personally I am just as passionate about the live simply part for the opposite 1.4 billion people in the world (me and likely you if you are reading this blog…) who can choose it.

I am not going to tell people what to do but… personally I have really learnt from the poorest in the world that simple living has a lot going for it especially if you get to choose it and not live in hunger, fear, sickness or absolute uncertainty.

Anyone I have met who has visited a developing country has always said ‘the people seem so happy there’. Well they are because they have to be as there is very little else in their life to distract them from pure, humanistic and simplistic living of people, community, family and friends.

I am totally glorifying the noble savages here and making a slight mockery of poverty but there is a huge lesson in this for me. As I have slowly learnt to perpetuate the developing way of life in the developed world I have become richer for it. Less means so much more to me now and it keeps my body, thoughts, environment and community much purer and happier.

In developed countries to give me the purity of life I strive for with the most satisfaction – Live Below the Line is the best thing I have done along with hiking and cycling trips.

Like the 10km walk to the airport in Portland with this stunning sunset

For me Live Below the Line redefines how life can be in the developed world and makes those things that are so important in life that much clearer such as family, friends, community and nature – all of which are free but priceless. It really showcases to me that the best ‘things’ in life are ‘doings’ – talking, writing, walking, riding, helping, reading, learning, sharing, teaching, living!

I can’t tell people to change their life and live simply but I can do it for myself and hopefully model that less income, more time, more family, more community, more nature, more pure living is a richness that is totally undervalued and underappreciated in the developed world. If we can learn a few of these joys I am sure we will see a world where we can all simply live.

Day 27

  • Portland and on plane to New York at 11pm
  • Breakfast: porridge pancakes with my wonderful friend Julianna
  • Snacks: bread and plenty of it!
  • Lunch: onion soup broth with bread
  • Dinner: Leftovers from dine below the line – lentils, rice and quinoa

Another day of catching up on food – nailed the rest of the loaf of bread!

Another simple happy breakfast with an old friend!

Dine Below the Line – Cinco de Mayo!

Day 26

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Breakfast: oats as per the norm and a 45 minute podcast interview with Brock at the Sprocket Podcast (not loaded yet but check them out)
  • Snacks: bread bread and bread!
  • Lunch: last bagel and banana
  • Dinner: Dine Below the Line – quinoa, lentils, homemade bread, beans, rice a few greens of simple shoots and weeds basically but yum!

Food brought from Allen and his mother

A fantastic shared dinner which really makes it quality, quantity and fun!

The spread of food from all the dinner guests… not bad eh!

It was an idea for those who wanted to join in with people who are doing Live Below the Line for a meal. For my poor friends they kind of have to do it but it is a great concept.

Try this at home anytime and even better with a group of friends…

  • Potluck meal where people have to contribute food to the value of 50 cents per head (in the US)
  • Set your best dining table at make as formal as you like
  • Enjoy the evening with friends, family and great conversation!

The most important part of any meal – people!

I can see myself setting up a few of these kinds of dinners and you will be surprised what you can come up with when all pooled together and even better under a theme like our Latin American Cinco de Mayo festival dinner!

Desert was a fantastic full moon – the closest the moon for the year!

Living Just Above The Line – I Think Is My Utopia

Day 25

  • Olympia, Washington State
  • Breakfast: my favourite steal cut oats, orange peel and water – cheap one so more snacks in the day
  • Snacks: ¼ banana, sunflower butter, ½ bagel
  • Lunch: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic (half), 1/2 yam
  • Dinner: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic, 1/2 yam and half a bagel

Rained non-stop, not even 1 minute break, for the whole day and I was very happy to be in a wonderful hosts house preparing for global polio eradication advocacy I will be doing in Canada this summer – a new role with Global Poverty Project! http://www.theendofpolio.com

If I could double my daily amount to $3 of food or even $5 I think I would be in utopia…

Live Below the Line has taught me so much on this journey and how to appreciate everything that little bit more and how special even the smallest things are… I love living with this appreciation but I would also like to do it where I can eat a few more fruits and vegetables.

Simple lentils and yam means so much when you have little – thats the way I like it… The bagel is pure luxury!

I can see myself Live Just Above the Line on many occasions from here on. When I did LBL last year for a month I continued to do LBL every Monday for the few months after. I think I can take it to another level this year – not by doing LBL more as I really need to put on a little weight but to live, eat and act simply, meaningfully and appreciatively.

Less if often more as you will have gathered in my posts to now but Live Below the Line has given me an avenue to pursue and enjoy it in a way that I haven’t been able to do as easily in developed contexts.

I can only encourage others to think about doing a Live Below the Line meal, day or week – anytime and then enjoy the satisfaction of it and think about how you might look at doing it on a more regular basis… or I could sell this with – save money, eat healthy and feel great about the world around you!

Everything I could ever want in life – transport, accommodation (tent) and freedom to do it…

Then to tie it all back into the Live Below the Line cause – imagine what it would mean to someone who lives in extreme poverty FOR LIFE to double their earnings… and the scary things is it doesn’t usually go into food but to education and an attempt to create access and opportunity… amazing eh – they put up with so much and are so powerful to overcome these things everyday – that is my greatest appreciation from this trip so far!

Not much but means so much – access, opportunity & the future without extreme poverty…