Reverend Doctor Simon Topping came to prominence during his time in Birmingham and his work on the British chapter of the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign. In 1998 he helped to initiate a human chain around central Birmingham during the G8 meeting of world leaders in the city. The campaign resulted in the relocation of the G8 conference meeting to the outskirts of the Midlands. In 2003 he co-founded the Saltley Gate Peace Group, an inter-faith initiative, launched in response to the build-up to war in Iraq.
Drop the Debt
In 2001 Topping caused controversy when he designed a black poppy to 'highlight the problems of world poverty'. Members of the Royal British Legion were allegedly angered by the use of the poppy due to its connotations with Remembrance Day. The minister continued to campaign for the cause right through to Make Poverty History.
Make Poverty History
In 2005, when the World G8 Summit returned to the United Kingdom, the international Make Poverty History campaign was climaxing with marches in Scotland and Live 8 in London. In support of the campaign Rev. Topping organised and took part in a 400-mile trek from Birmingham to Edinburgh.
- G8 Summit walk Gallery - BBC Online, July 2005
- Gloucester minister helping to Make Poverty History - BBC Online, June 2005
- Interview by Richard Adkins - BBC Radio, June 2005
- Black poppy marks poverty - BBC News, November 2001
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