Friday, February 20, 2009

500 Pledges!

More than 500 people have now gone to and pledged to donate a share of their income to organizations helping the world's poor. Given that the website has only be up for 3 weeks, and The Life You Can Save has so far only been published in Australia and New Zealand, that's way beyond our expectations. It's obviously been helped by the fantastic media response to the book in Australia, and the sold-out talks I've been giving in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Next week I'm off to Perth.

If you are one of those who has pledged already, THANK YOU! If not, please take a look at the website and think about doing so.

The book will be published in the US and Canada on March 2, and I'll be doing a publicity tour starting on that date - traveling to San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. Then on to the UK and Sweden. Check for details. I'll keep you informed on how it goes, and I'm looking forward to many more people learning about the book, and the website, and pledging as well.

Remember to spread the word. As I describe in the book, there is a lot of evidence that the more people see that others are giving, the more likely they are to give. So pledging is just a start, letting others know of the opportunity to pledge is even more important.

Peter Singer


  1. Just finished the book, and went straight to and pledged (There are over 600 pledgers now). Actually I didn't go straight to your website, I first contacted the UNHCR and upped my current monthly donation, then went to Oxfam to donate 150/month with them as well.

    I've heard Peter speak on various online podcasts in the last year or so, (although hadn't previously read any of his books), and was already feeling challenged about how I ate, how I spent and how I live with my fellow humans, so this new book came at just the right time for me.

    I'm excited at the change it has made to my life in the last 48 hours - I look forward to passing it onto friends and challenging everyone to think and act more ethically.

    Keep up the good work Peter!

    P.S. I think a 1 page 'cheat sheet' on the main point of the book might be a good idea, just a small text file or pdf with the basics that could be easily sent to people, with info about the website and book as well.

  2. That's fantastic! It's so great to hear from people who are really turning the book's message into positive action.

    Yes, I like the idea of a small file with the basics to send to people... I'll work on that when I've got a chance. I'm about to fly to the US to promote the book there, and maybe I'll find time to do it on the plane.

    Peter Singer

  3. For those ebook enthusiasts, good news, you can go here and purchase your copies-