The Brony Conundrum
Did you know that there are 3 billion people living on less than $2.50 a day?1 That more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day? Or that 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty? Every second someone in the world dies from starvation, malnourishment, and exhaustion. But poverty isn't caused by lack of food or money alone. The people you see in the street have to fight for a small morsel of food or money. Poverty is caused by changes in a country's economy, lack of proper education, and interestingly enough; a high rate of marriage break-ups, that causes a large amount of women in poverty or on the street. Poverty is the cause of hunger, lack of resource, unequal income distribution, as well as conflict.
Poverty doesn't just affect the poor, it affects us and our children, whether we have a lot of money or not. 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. UNICEF reports that; “They die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
You may now be wondering what you have to do with poverty, and that's a normal question. You should care. Why, you might ask? Think about it this way: you may not realize that poverty is out there, and were told as a child or you're being told now by your parents that people on the streets asking for money or food are just lying. But by ignoring those people, they risk dying from poverty because you didn't help. Even acknowledging that their there is enough for them puts a glimmer of hope that someone cares enough to give them a smile or a wave.
There are exactly 7.125 billion people in the world and 4 billion people are poor. Half of the world is poor and most people don't know that. But here's the scary part; we have enough food to feed the world, yet 805 million people are starving. The whole world produces 2,220 pounds of available food per person. Remember that 45.3 million people are in poverty in the U.S and over 600 million are in poverty in the world excluding the U.S, and they could be right next to you and you wouldn't know. Tell your friends and family about the poor and help people on the streets by raising awareness on Change.org. Fight poverty because it matters not because you think it is right, but because you know and feel it is right.