Thousands of the world’s poorest communities are coming together over the next week for the annual ‘Live Above the Line’ campaign.
The ‘LAL’ movement is the brainchild of Sri Lankan rice farmer Dishan Chandaran and his wife Samadhi, who works part time as a sari maker and raises their 4 children. After learning that the UK wastes 15m tonnes of food per year costing their economy £5 billion and Australians waste 20% of their food, costing their economy $8 billion, Chandaran and his village neighbours thought they should do something about it.
Over the next week, at dinner parties in their local region, Dishan and his friends will stray from their usual diet of fish and rice and instead eat hamburgers, pizzas, mashed potato and sausages. After posting pictures of their meals on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Photobucket, Pinterest, Imgur, Snapfish, Shutterfly, TinyPic and Picasa, they will take 1/5 of their meal and throw it in the garbage. Dishan and his friends will also allow even more edible food to slowly rot before also being thrown away. Many local restaurants are also supporting the campaign and will refuse to let customers take home perfectly edible food and will instead throw it in the bin for stray cats to eat.
Dishan admits throwing away vast amounts of food is a strange concept, however believes that if all the smart, educated and civilised people in rich countries are doing it, then there must be some logic in it.
If Dishan’s campaign proves successful he will then move on to his next campaign, ‘E-Upgrade week’ where he and his community will all dispose of their fully operational electronic items and upgrade to newer models, dumping the others in the even poorer surrounding villages. Dishan is also planning to import T-shirts from various American charities to help destroy the local manufacturing industry, including his wives job as a sari maker.
To support Dishan and his campaign simply continue living as you already do.