I read Jeffrey Sachs' book, "Common Wealth" last summer. It really changed my ideas about the environmental movement and allowed me to see that why I should care about what happens in situations of extreme poverty. It's hard to say in a few short sentences, but in a nut shell, the size of the population on planet Earth matters. Unless we educate people and allow them to improve their lives, the numbers will continue to grow and our planet will soon get to the tipping point where life will not be sustainable. Africa holds the key to our planet's ability to provide for the inhabitants and ending poverty there is crucial for getting population under control. Africa matters, poverty matters. Read the book and see what you think. In the meantime, check out the website.