“Attracting plenty of attention of passing tourists, yesterday’s Stop AIDS action began huddled around a tree listening to Lotti Rutter’s (Stop AIDS Campaign) latest cunning plan…” Another week at /development and another Stop AIDS action masterminded by Lotti Rutter (Stop AIDS Campaign), Kate Shayler & Tarryn Bowers (both Restless Development). Read on to find out how this latest media stunt plays into the broader #WhyStopNow campaign.

Attracting plenty of attention of passing tourists, yesterday’s Stop AIDS action began huddled around a tree listening to Lotti Rutter’s (Stop AIDS Campaign) latest cunning plan… which, as with all great Stop AIDS actions, began with a theme – a Blueprint – involved the impersonation of leading public figures – David Cameron, Justine Greening & Jeremy Hunt – daubed itself in body paint – blue – and engaged a collection of novelty-sized banners and improvised chants!

‘UK lead the way! What do we want? A blueprint today!’

Taking place in front of the Houses of Parliament, the action forms part of a concerted effort to place pressure on the UK government to commit to a blueprint mapping their intention to lead the HIV response both in the UK and globally – a movement which reaches a head on the 1st of December.

Increased Investment Now. Save Billions Later

So what made us don masks, paint our hands, risk frostbite and gather outside Parliament? A love of standing (and in some cases lying) in the cold and the wet? It was not. Instead Stop AIDS campaigners believe that a tipping point in the HIV and AIDS epidemic is now within our reach. Smart investment from governments such as the UK today, and scaling up the response to ensure that this tipping point is passed, has the potential to save countless lives and £billions in future investment. As our oversized graph illustrates – a blueprint for the AIDS response makes sense both morally and financially, so #WhyStopNow?

Join the #WhyStopNow campaign today – http://whystopnow.org/ – and remember, the louder we are, the more impact we’ll have! The countdown to World AIDS Day has already begun.

For more information on #WhyStopNow, read this post by the Stop AIDS Campaign – http://stopaidscampaign.org/2012/11/this-world-aids-day-why-stop-now/ 


Featured Image Credit: results.org

Written by Kate Shayler

Kate Shayler (Restless Development) and Lotti Rutter (Stop AIDS Campaign)