Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In My Name

Throughout history, millions of people have stood up in the fight against global poverty.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

"The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share."

Nelson Mandela

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . . "

Barack Obama

"If poverty is a disease that infects the entire community in the form of unemployment and violence, failing schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat those symptoms in isolation . We have to heal that entire community."

Now it's our turn to take action. In the year 2000, government officials from around the world gathered together to form an 8 point strategy to end global poverty and promised to achieve most of these goals by 2015. In My Name is a website launched only a few weeks ago in partnership with YouTube as an effort to both raise awareness on the issue and to encourage each of us to take action by doing anything from spreading that awareness to making sure our government officials do their part in keeping that promise of ending global poverty.

We can be the generation that ends poverty. We can make a difference.

1 comment:

jackson said...

Great post, Carla!