By Aubrey Winkie, Staff
When I first watched the Global Poverty Project trailer, I was incredibly moved by the line “extreme poverty is felt by 1.4 billion people in our world, this gives us 1.4 billion reasons to respond immediately.”
One of the reasons I chose to go into global health is to make a change in these disparities around the world and to no longer be blind to that fact that they happen everyday. There are so many important things going on that receive little to no attention. Millions of people find it important enough to read “Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber Dating!” or “Snooki’s Pregnant!” but are clueless on major world issues. And although we all can enjoy a nice rendition of “call me, maybe” on YouTube, there remains things far more worthy of our time and attention.
Education level isn’t the problem. I think it takes just as much literacy to read “Snooki’s Pregnant!” as it does “25,000 People Die Everyday Due to Hunger” So why don’t we? This is what I don’t understand. Does the majority of the public just not care? Are 1.4 billion reasons not enough? What will it take for people to become informed? I’m not asking everyone to drop their life goals and do work in third world countries but I feel a lot can be done with education and awareness. If more people were informed about the atrocities going on in this world, I feel as though change would be made.