The Long Walk to Justice
We don't want your money, we want YOU
The Long Walk To Justice is the symbolic journey of millions of people across the world to show the G8 leaders that the world is watching and waiting.
Ahead of the G8 Summit, those that can, will make their way to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, to show the leaders of the world's richest nations in person, that they must act to stop the scandal of extreme poverty now.
As well as those who make it to Edinburgh, tens of millions around the globe will join in the biggest ever call to end poverty
Every name on the LIVE 8 list - and every photo sent to live8live.com - will be taken from Murrayfield directly to Gleneagels on the eve of the most important summit in the fight against poverty.
The Long Walk to Justice is on course to attract: The largest ever TV audience; The busiest website in the world; The largest ever online petition - The LIVE 8 list; The largest ever text petition; The largest ever response to a TV show
If you're going to Edinburgh? Find out more about what is happening in Edinburgh
If you can’t make it in person you can still play a big part in the long walk.
This Long Walk To Justice culminates on Wednesday 6th July – the eve of the all-important G8 Summit - with a celebration of the largest and loudest cry to make poverty history the world has ever seen at Murrayfield Stadium called Edinburgh 50,000 – the Final Push.
Going to Edinburgh?
Here’s what’s happening in the Scottish capital as part of the Long Walk To Justice:
The G8 Gallery
As part of The Long Walk To Justice a huge photo-campaign - The G8 Gallery - will see hundreds of thousands of pictures posted along two miles of railings in Princes Street, Edinburgh. This visual statement will show that you and millions like you, want our leaders to use the power they have to end poverty - for good.
If you make it to Edinburgh on Wednesday 6th July you can attach the pictures of you, your friends and your family to the gallery yourself.
If you can't be in Edinburgh you can send us your pictures and we will attach them for you. Upload your image or text it to 0044 7774 777 444.
There will also be numerous special church services across the capital and also the wrapping of the world famous Edinburgh castle in a huge white banner
Edinburgh Council also have a host of events lined up in support of the Long Walk To Justice. To find out more visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/G8summit
“Edinburgh has inspired generations of thinkers and inspires still its residents and visitors. No city is better placed to rise to the challenge of providing a suitable backdrop for the decisions made by the G8 Leaders.
“We have organised a range of special events in the city to spread the word and encourage discussion. These include the J8 Summit for young people, art and photography exhibitions, a series of public talks, 'Film Africa' series at the Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh-South Africa school exchange and musical events.”
For accommodation and campsite information go to www.visitscotland.com
Can't make it to Edinburgh?
If you can’t make it to Edinburgh, you can still be part of The Long Walk To Justice:
The LIVE 8 List
Tell the leaders of the world that enough is enough by signing the LIVE 8 List and your name, along with hundreds of thousands of others will be delivered to the G8 leaders on the eve of their summit.
As part of The Long Walk To Justice a huge photo-campaign - The G8 Gallery - will see hundreds of thousands of pictures posted along two miles of railings in Princes Street, Edinburgh. This visual statement will show that you and millions like you, want our leaders to use the power they have to end poverty - for good. Upload your image or text it to 0044 7774 777 444.
If you’re a teacher or a student
Find out more about how your school can take part in The Long Walk To Justice.
Educate for LIVE 8
LIVE 8 and Make Poverty History are about highlighting the inequalities between rich and poor countries and sending a clear message to the world’s leaders that this must change.
The concerts and the Long Walk to Justice present a unique opportunity for people to come together in a global call for an end to extreme poverty. The G8 may have the power to make these decisions but we have the power to make them use it.
This summer offers schools one of the most exciting opportunities they’ve ever had to energise a whole generation and help them realise that their voices matter and should and can be heard. As a school community, you can use this opportunity to speak up and tell the G8 leaders that we want them to make poverty history once and for all.
How schools can take part in LIVE 8 and The Long Walk to Justice:
- Run a LIVE8/Make Poverty History assembly to offer students the chance to explore their role as Global Citizens, make up their minds about the issues and speak out about them. You can find a ready-made assembly on makepovertyhistory.org/schools.
- Schools can join London, Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Toronto in hosting their very own School LIVE 8 concert for parents and friends.
- Arrange a school trip to represent your school and join thousands of others at the rally in Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd July. For more information look at makepovertyhistory.org/edinburgh.
- If schools can’t make it to the rally in Edinburgh in person there is another way teachers and pupils can show the G8 leaders it is time to face up to world poverty. Text a photo of your class now to 07774 777 444 or upload your image online. Your photo could be part of the huge G8 gallery of supporters displayed along Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh.
- Get everyone at your school to wear a white band on White Band Day, July 1st.
- Like people, buildings all over the world will be wearing white bands to make a statement to the G8. Schools can join St Paul’s Cathedral and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in being wrapped in a white band.
- Kids in over 6000 schools in the UK and in over 100 countries around the world have made over 2 million messages, in the form of child shaped cut outs called ‘buddies’, to ask world leaders to make decisions at the G8 Summit to help the 100 million children around the world who are too poor to go to school. It’s not too late to send a message too. Go to www.sendmyfriend.org and make a buddy online.
Wear a White Band
2005 offers a unique opportunity for everyone to come together and ask the G8 to make poverty history. LIVE 8 is one event of many around the world supporting the aims of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. The global symbol of the campaign is a white band. To find out how to get one, and for more information about what is happening near you, visit one of the sites below.
In the United Kingdom
In the United States
If your country is not listed above, please visit www.whiteband.org for a list of current international partner campaigns.