Global Citizen

Global Citizen is a part of the Global Citizen Project. It is a learning platform for people around the world to find the resources we need to help fight poverty.

According to Simon Moss, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of the Global Poverty Project, the population that live below the poverty line has decreased by half in the past 30 years, but this number is still around 1.3 billion.

In the same article, Simon Moss talks about the three big issues we face in our fight against extreme poverty. First, we must not let corruption discourage us from moving forward with our fight. We should find ways to improve and hold accountable for their actions the people and the organizations that are responsible for ensuring that the decisions made are in the best interest of the people living below the poverty level.

Second, we must make sure that the aid that’s given, whether foreign or domestic, is used in ways that work. Aid alone is not enough. It should be invested in programs that will improve the communities, such as education, health and wellness, and the environment.

Third, we must give even the smallest communities the chance to participate in larger markets and receive just compensation for their products. We must alter the trade rules that limit market opportunity, and allow countries to build more sustainable indsutries to eliminate poverty.

According to Simon Moss, we can fulfill our roles in fighting poverty even in the simplest ways, such as sharing information with others and helping others understand the gravity of the problem of extreme poverty in the world. We could also slowly ease ourselves into being more conscious consumers, making sure that the products we purchase were ethically produced and obtained. We could also do more research regarding programs that work to understand where the aid we give goes to, and how much more they truly need.

By signing up to become a Global Citizen, I have read articles and viewed videos that helped me understand more what I can do, and what I should do, to help fight extreme poverty. It has given me resources I didn’t know existed, and has made the process interesting. As someone who’s always on the internet and on my smartphone, it’s a very accessible and user-friendly method of sharing world issues and resources. It’s also fun because you earn points whenever you watch a video and share the videos and articles. By earning points, you may be eligible to enter contests and win prizes such as tickets to the Global Festival.

For more information, please visit www.globalcitizen.org and www.globalpovertyproject.com.

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