The Argo Oscar winner joins the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line effort

By Andrea Billups
Updated April 24, 2013 09:05 AM
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Ben Affleck plans to live on $1.50 a day – and he wants you to join him.

While the Oscar winner could certainly afford much more, Affleck is joining other celebrities to shine a light on poverty through the Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line campaign. That figure represents the extreme poverty line in the U.S. as estimated by the World Bank.

Affleck Tweeted of his efforts: “1.4 billion people live on less the $1.50/day. I’m joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?” He plans to feed himself on $1.50 for one day, following in the footsteps of other celebrities who have joined the cause to raise awareness of issues of inequality and poverty around the world.

Jonah Hill, Josh Groban, Sophia Bush and The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston – who Tweeted earlier this month photos of his scant meals – are among the other celebrities who have said they are participating in the campaign.

Hugh Jackman, who sits on the Global Poverty Project’s board, kicked off the $1.50 day living challenge in 2011, appearing in public service announcements for the campaign. Others active in this year’s project drive are Cooking Channel chefs Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos.

More than 20,000 people are expected to participate this year, reported, noting that more than $3 million was raised for the project last year. The GPP, on its Facebook page, says currently 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, down from 1.4 billion five years ago.