2 PSLs, please!
October is synonymous with Fall, Halloween, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and food harvest - assuming you live in the wealthiest corners of the world. And if you live in the United States, then you're in the global upper-middle class. A study conducted by Pew Research in 2015 revealed that 88% of Americans rank in the financial elite on a global scale. It may not always feel like you're living the life of luxury, but consider the simple pleasures in life that you don't have to worry about: clean water, clothing, a daily meal. Everything else, globally speaking, is luxury. Consider this: the majority of the world lives on less than the cost of 2 Venti Pumpkin Spice Lattes per day.
1.53 billion people in poverty
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation, 40% of all households are single parent, and of those, 85% are single mother households. Of those single mother households, about 60% percent are impoverished. Being that there is about 7.5 billion people in the world the number of families in poverty is about 1.53 billion people who are affected from poverty. With numbers like these, it’s not easy to look away. The United Nations, along with many corporations have made it their mission to create change and to help eradicate this social injustice.
But this is not a time to feel guilty about your position in life. Feeling guilty for being blessed is a waste. And quite frankly, insulting to the rest of the world. The hard truth is that hundreds of thousands of people go without food everyday. We’ve all seen the reports of famine and drought that have desecrated villages, towns and cities.
Food for 10 billion
A study conducted in 2012 discovered that the world produces enough food per year for over 10 billion people. Eric Holt Gimenez, contributor for the Huffington Post put it well... "Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity. For the past two decades, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. The world already produces more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. That’s enough to feed 10 billion people, the population peak we expect by 2050. But the people making less than $2 a day — most of whom are resource-poor farmers cultivating unviably small plots of land — can’t afford to buy this food."
What can be done?
The need is obvious and consistent. And the battle to eradicate poverty and inequality is a long-term war that impacts access to clean water, healthy food, education and safe living spaces. So what can be done? Well, the UN has marked the month of October with 2 important dates for global awareness. October 15 is the International Day of Rural Women, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
There are many ways that you can get involved in your communities. Organizations, like Convoy of Hope, in your area are always looking for volunteers. There is also legislation that needs to be changed in order to help families get the help they need. Or even as simple as, the next time you want to go to Starbucks and you see a person on the side of the street asking for food, skip the scone and help someone out, because whether we like it or not, it doesn’t take a lot to go from the top to the bottom.
Vulnerability fuels trafficking
Please realize that vulnerable people are all around us. Keep perspective on your own position in life. Understand your blessings and take a moment to consider someone in your life that could use a friend, a meal, a place to rest their head. When people are vulnerable, they become easy targets for human trafficking.
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