Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer.
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Ready, Set... SCREAM!
As I've ranted and raved (ok, I haven't raved...) about American
This day, TODAY, is one of those times. Let our voices unite and speak volumes about our world, our true world and her children.
In the year 2008 -
Yet, we still live in a world where almost half of her population — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day and over 26,500 children die each day. Every day. Year round. The killers of our children, the children of our world, are poverty, hunger and easily preventable diseases and illnesses. What will you do today to help prevent this?
Mr., can you spare a dime?
Don't answer with the standard "you can't fix the problem by throwing money at it..." ok, we know that it's complex and the problems have very deep roots. But maybe that dime isn't in hard currency, maybe it's ten cents of your time. A moments worth of you talking to someone else about the problem. What if the whole world was talking about this at exactly the same time? Maybe your ten cents would be worth millions. Take a moment. Talk to someone. You were given a voice for a reason, use it.
These are not debate points, not opinions, FACTS. Plain, hard, cold and oh so real facts. The Fact is that it sucks. When you read my opening and we look at all of the money that we've chased around in less than 2 months the FACT is that we are a wasteful money-centric global society that preys on those with less and forgets those who can not speak with the same volume and intensity that we can. We want our BMW's, Mercedes 4,000+ square foot Homes, we want gratification and satisfaction now and we don't care what it cost. You just might end up paying with more than your money.
26,500 children die each day 1:
An astounding rate of one Child every three seconds equalling over 10 Million children we've lost each year. One of those children could have been the scientist that cures cancer, saves a nation, makes the impossible possible. One of those children could have been a friend. Each of those children were fellow humans trying to inhabit the planet the we have been given stewardship over. Ask yourself: Am I a good steward for the children. Take a moment. Talk to someone. You were given a voice for a reason, use it.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. 2
2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized.3
The United States spends 8 BILLION Dollars a year on Cosmetics, blush, lipstick, eyeliner, etc.4 It would take 6 Billion to provide Basic Education for ALL.
European countries and the United States combined spend 12 Billion Dollars a year on Perfumes.4 It would take 9 Billion to provide Water and Sanitation for ALL.
People, the list goes on. The world; US, Europe, Japan, and the rest spend enough on Perfume4, Pet Food4, Cigarettes4, and Cosmetics4 to provide Basic Education, Water and Sanitation and Basic health and nutrition to the WORLD and still have 3 BILLION left over. Speak up, speak out! Talk to someone. You have been given a voice for a reason, use it today.
Thank you for your continued support and the time you took to read about this important global crisis. You can help by contacting UNICEF, International Red Cross Red Crescent, Your local Red Cross Chapter, OXFAM and other global organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty and providing basic human needs to the worlds populations. Play Robin Hood - donate, let your voice be heard.
1. UNICEF - 2000 - 2006 mortality count of 60 Million Children World wide. The term "Children" in the study is defined as age from "Infant to Five years of Life"
2. For the 95% on $10 a day, see Martin Ravallion, Shaohua Chen and Prem Sangraula, Dollar a day revisited, World Bank, May 2008.
4. Consumerism, Volunteer Now! (undated)
You have been given a voice, use it. Go out and