Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day. Today, bloggers throughout the world are writing about the same topic: poverty. Usually I never find out about this global blogging events until they’re over, but I actually came across this one a few months ago. Ever since I signed up for it, I’ve been wondering about what to write.

Mulling over the meaning of poverty, I feel so incredibly lucky to be living in this time and place. I’m by no means wealthy. But I have a home, I have clothes, I have access to decent medical care, I drink clean water, and I never go to bed hungry. The same can’t be said of a good chunk of the rest of the world.

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that your basic needs are met, too. And more: you and I have access to technology, access to the vast information on the Internet, and enough leisure time to permit us to use both. Compared to more of the world, we are filthy stinking rich.

It may seem impossible for one person to have an effect on global poverty, but there are many effective actions that individuals can take. As you move through this day, think about what you have. And what lots of people throughout the world don’t have.

One Response to “Blog Action Day: Poverty”

  1. Chrison 15 Oct 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Lifehacker’s had a lot of articles on this today.