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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day!!!

On October 15th bloggers everywhere will publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation that day, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause.

Causes of Poverty – by Anup Shah:

· Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
· The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
· Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
· Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
· 1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).
Around the world, 27–30,000 children die every day. That is equivalent to 1 child dying every 3 seconds, 20 children dying every minute, a 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every week, or 10–11 million children dying every year. Over 50 million children died between 2000 and 2005. The silent killers are poverty, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. In spite of the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.

Read more:

Anup Shah, Causes of Poverty,, Last updated: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Awareness is the first step to eradicating poverty. Please educate yourself on the issues of poverty and what you can do to make a difference. We should all be concerned about this issue. People should not have to suffer, especially if we can all help in some way. Together we CAN make a difference!!!


Sandra Foyt said...

It's great to see Twitter Moms joining the Blog Action Day Discussion. I'm imagining a day when our children won't live in a world where poverty afflicts so many!

Good N Crazy said...

Your blog looks fine in my firefox viewer....

Will check it in IE6.

Good N Crazy said...

In ie6 your right sidebar elements are hanging over the wrapper?

Is this what people are telling you? I think your left sidebar could be shortened and the whole outter wrapper can be widened?

I can do this for your or walk you through it?

Good N Crazy said...

I believe the third column pushed down will be solved by this? It happened to me too.

Pampering U said...

Thanks for posting this information. It is telling and stunning. My heart lurched when I read it but for some reason, "Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen" hit me hardest. We've got to figure a way to correct our issues on a national and global scale.

I, too, blogged about poverty today (kind of). Just glad to be able to do matter how small.