Blog Action Day 2008

Today is blog action day;thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!“.

Over ten thousand blogs are currently participating, reaching an audience (through RSS alone) of over 11 million users. That may not be enough to reach the necessary tipping point as mr. Gladwell would be more than happy to point out, but it’s a start.

I’d say the basic idea to ending poverty is pretty straightforward; 1. end corruption, 2. provide micro-credits, 3. relieve the debt. Coming up with a solution is not the biggest challenge, the biggest challenge is implementing it. Poverty increases the likelihood of corruption and corruption is the surest way for a nation to become poor. Ending corruption also means that you must put in place a legal system that works.

Micro credits are needed because you need something to start with, if you’re going to work your way out of poverty. If someone could actually the piece of land he or she lives on, that means he or she has something to lend money with. And with this money this person could start a business. Poverty does not end with a massive group of people, it can only end with a massive group of individuals.

Finally, the wealthy and greedy industrialized nations must relieve the debt they hold over the developing nations as a means of controlling them. If hard work meant nothing for you, but making someone else very rich, would you work hard then? I think the fall of the Berlin wall proved that people aren’t wired that way.

With the credit-crunch we may think we have enough of our own worries now. But when you think about it; our worries are about whether or not we will be able to buy that extra tv this year, not about if we have food for our starving kids tonight. Write your mp, congressman or political party and get involved in ending poverty kids! If not for them, do it for yourself.

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