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Ramya Raghavan

Ramya Raghavan

Posted: October 16, 2009 08:08 AM

A Billion YouTube Views Can Feed A Billion

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Last week, we announced that YouTube serves over one billion video views per day. It's a pretty staggering number, right? That's also the number of people in the world who don't have enough food to eat. According to the UN World Food Programme, for the first time in history, there are over one billion hungry people on Earth -- that's one in seven humans.

Today, on World Food Day, the World Food Programme (WFP) is showing how you, the estimated one billion internet users, can help the one billion people who live in hunger:

The WFP isn't alone in their efforts. Nonprofit Action Against Hunger is calling on Al Gore to create a video about hunger as he did for climate change with An Inconvenient Truth (after all, who better to mobilize the internet community than the man who invented it?) And singer Christina Aguilera is lending her voice to the cause with this video:

So internet people, we're challenging you to make a difference today. Just think...if every person donated $1 to feed the hungry each time they viewed a YouTube video, we'd be a lot closer to a hunger-free world.

Go to the World Food Programme to donate.

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