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SDGx: It is time we stop ignoring the poverty issue

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

We live in a generation where people will share a post of a poor, starving child on Facebook and will later see someone asking for help in the streets and choose to ignore it. So, the first thing I want to do is to urge anyone reading this blog to go out and impact the life of at least one person who needs it, as soon as you finish reading.

       

        A little less than half of humanity, more than 3 billion people, live with the total amount of $2,50 a day and about 80% of the total population of the world lives with under $10 a day. With that in mind, what I stop to wonder is: if the opportunities we are given in life weren’t determined by money and everyone who lived in poverty had the same opportunities as the richer percent of the world, how much more developed would humankind be by now?

        I live in a country that has 8,5% of its population living in poverty. To see these people living under subhuman conditions in the streets every single day hurts my heart in a way I can’t explain. My biggest wish was that more people from my generation, the generation who is capable of making a difference for our future would wake up, stand up and try to do something about this. The other day I caught myself wondering how I could ever be capable of making an impact on a problem so massive, seeming so small next to it. If you are sitting there thinking the same, let me explain: as individuals, we are indeed small compared to the dimension of the situation but by maintaining this mindset, we don’t get anywhere. However, by joining forces and working as one movement for the better, we can make a huge difference for our future. Its with this concept that the UN created a movement for change called the International day of Eradication of poverty.

 

This day happens on the 17th of October and commemorates its 25th anniversary this year with the theme Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” Considering our current state in terms of wars and the growth in number of refugees, a lot more people have lost their homes and basically all they have, increasing the amount of poverty in our society and this year’s theme aims to help that. Being a place with a large amount of refugees, members of the downtown mission in Canada have created a campaign called “Chew on this!” where they hand out paper bags containing a snack and a postcard asking people to help get the federal government to commit to a fully funded plan to eradicate poverty.
Several other events are happening around the world, even after this day. Don’t wait for the 17th of October to do something about it! As I said before, we need to start acting more. With the help of a strong and united community, we can really cause a real impact!

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